Census: Vermonters Moving To Cities

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Census figures suggest Vermonters may be reversing the trend of moving out of the city.

The numbers released by the Census Bureau this month suggesting people are moving toward established city centers in the state, including Burlington, South Burlington and Winooski.

The Burlington Free Press reports that contrasts with trends from previous population counts, which have shown residents gravitating toward outlying areas. And the newspaper reports the trend was evident everywhere. For instance, St. Albans lost population but towns elsewhere in Franklin County grew.

John Ewing with the group Smart Grown Vermont says there’s been a definite change in people’s attitudes toward more compact development.

Burlington’s population grew by roughly 6 percent from 2000 to 2010, although much of that growth has been attributed to rising enrollment at the University of Vermont.

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