60+ Vermont Facts: Things You Might Not Know About The Green Mountain State

Emily Munden
Dec 12, 2023 By Emily Munden
Originally Published on Dec 01, 2020
Vermont is famous for its ski slopes.

We've got some of the best facts for you about the awesome northeastern state of Vermont.

We are about to tell you everything you need to know about Vermont, from the capital Montpelier to the Vermont bordering states and of course, some wonderful and weird facts about Vermont for good measure. If you are a fan of ice cream or maple syrup, we bet you're going to love this place more than New York.

But don't let us tell you that you should love Vermont, check out these totally awesome facts and make your mind up for yourself that Vermont is one of the coolest states there is.

If you want to know even more about more of your favourite states, why not check out these fun facts about Wisconsin, or these great facts about Idaho?

Facts About The Geography Of Vermont

With some of the most stunning views in the States, there's a lot to learn about Vermont's beautiful and diverse geography, and we have got all the facts right here.

1. Vermont is a Northeastern state.

2. The state of Vermont is only 9,616 square miles in size.

3. It is one of the smallest states in the U.S. and has one of the lowest populations.

4. The Vermont state flower and bird are the red clover and the hermit thrush.

5. Vermont is a popular holiday destination because of the many national parks and ski resorts in the state.

6. The lowest point in Vermont is Lake Champlain  which is 95 feet above sea level.

7. Some fun mountain names in Vermont include the Terrible Mountain, Vulture Mountain and Devils Gap. You definitely need to be brave to visit those!

8. Lake Champlain is one of the biggest bodies of water in the U.S.

9. The highest point in Vermont is Mansfield which is 4393 feet above sea level.

10. Vermont is known for its forested landscape.

11. Because it's so green, Vermont is nicknamed the Green Mountain State.

12. The state is home to the world's largest underground quarry of marble.

13. There are more than a hundred different covered bridges in Vermont, which is more per square mile than any other part of the U.S.

Important Facts About Vermont

If you want the cold hard facts about the smallest state (except for one), we've got them for you here.

14. The population of Vermont is only 624,000.

15. Vermont's state animal is the Morgan horse.

16. The state capital of Vermont is Montpelier.

17. A few other important cities in Vermont are Burlington, Essex Junction and Rutland.

18. It is one of the six New England states. The others are Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Maine.

19. Vermont is the only state in New England that does not have any access to the Atlantic ocean.

A large proportion of the land in Vermont is covered in forests.

Cool Facts About Vermont

Want to know some interesting facts about Vermont? If you're here for fun facts about Vermont, these are definitely going to catch your attention.

20. The largest producer of maple syrup in the whole of the U.S. is Vermont.

21. There are absolutely no skyscrapers in the whole of the state.

22. You won't find any billboards in the entire state, because they have been banned.

23. The residents of Vermont were voted the fifth happiest state in the U.S. in 2013.

24. The state capital of Vermont, Montpelier is the smallest capital city in the entire United States.

25. Before the Constitution, Vermont used a currency called the Vermont Copper.

26. The only state with a smaller population than Vermont is Wyoming.

27. Vermont produces over 500,000 gallons of maple syrup a year.

28. Vermont has a very large ratio of dairy cows to people.

29. At one point there were more cows than people in the state.

30. Lots of local people in Vermont consider themselves to be a producer of maple syrup from their home.

31. The Vermont state tree is the sugar maple tree. No prizes for guessing that one, all the maple syrup has to come from somewhere!

32. There is a myth that Lake Champlain has a friendly but shy monster in it.

33. Vermont was the last ever state to have a Walmart in the year 1996.

34. The world's largest ever grilled cheese sandwich was created by the Cabot Creamery from Vermont.

35. Another of its foodie claims to fame is that Vermont was home to the world's largest s'more which was 32 square feet wide. We wish we were there to taste it!

Facts About The History Of Vermont

Get to know some of Vermont's key historical dates and facts, and what it was the first state to do.

36. The first ever postage stamp in the U.S. was made in Brattleboro, Vermont in the year 1846.

37. The main industries that Vermont is known for are agriculture, energy, manufacturing, technology and the service industry.

38. It became the fourteenth state in the U.S. in the year 1791.

39. Before it became the fourteenth state, Vermont was an independent nation for 14 years.

40. Vermont was the first state to join the Union after the first thirteen colonies of the constitution.

41. When it was an independent nation, Vermont was able to create laws that completely banned slavery.

42. Vermont the state got its name in 1647 when the French explorer Samuel de Champlain drew it on a map, and named it Verd Mont which means "green mountain."

43. After a while, Verd Mont became known by its English name, Vermont.

44. The official song of Vermont used to be 'Moonlight', but in the '90s this was changed because it was too decided that it was difficult for people to sing.

Lake Champlain is one of the biggest bodies of water in the country.

Vermont Culture Facts

Get your cultural hat on and learn about some famous people from Vermont and why ice cream is of utmost importance to the state.

45. President of the United States, Calvin Coolidge, was from Vermont.

46. Calvin Coolidge is not the only president from Vermont, President Chester A. Arthur was also from the state.

47. Both Presidents were Vice Presidents who became Presidents when the sitting Presidents died.

48. Calvin Coolidge was the only President ever to be born on Independence Day.

49. In 1903, Dr. Horatio Nelson Jackson from Burlington, Vermont was the first person to drive across the U.S.

50. The car that Dr. Horatio Nelson Jackson used was nicknamed after Vermont.

51. The singer JoJo was from Vermont.

52. Inventor John Deere was also born in the state.

53. The headquarters of tasty ice cream brand Ben & Jerry's is in Waterbury, Vermont.

54. A crazy law in Vermont is that any woman must get permission from her husband if she wants to wear false teeth. It even needs to be written permission!

55. Another funny law they have is that delivery men must walk backwards towards a house if the house is worth more than 500,000 dollars.

56. It is also illegal to keep a dove in your freezer in Vermont!

57. Another law in the town of Barre is that all residents of the town must bathe every Saturday night.

58. The ice cream waste from the Ben & Jerry's factory is donated to local farmers who use it to feed their pigs.

59. The pigs apparently don't like the mint choc chip ice cream flavour!

60. The largest ever outdoor astronomy lesson was held in August 2018 in the Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium in Vermont

61. The sport of ski golf was invented in Dummerston, Vermont by Rudyard Kipling (the author of 'The Jungle Book').

62. A farmer called Wilson Bentley from Vermont invented a technique that meant you could take a photograph of a snowflake.

63. A local to the state created the first snowboard. This development even changed the name of the sport, from snurfing to snowboarding!

64. The Ethan Allen furniture chain was named after the revolutionary leader from Vermont.

65. In 2011 there was a parade of Cadillac cars in Barton, Vermont to honor the founder who was born there.

66. The state capital Montpelier is the only state capital without a McDonald's restaurant. This may be due to the small size of Montpelier and the fact that it is not a very car friendly city.

67. Alexander Twilight was the first African American ever to graduate from college in the United States. He was born in Vermont.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly facts for everyone to enjoy! If you liked our Vermont Facts about The Green Mountain State, then why not take a look at these great Paris facts, or check out some fun facts about Arizona?

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Written by Emily Munden

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Emily Munden

An experienced Londoner, Emily loves to discover new and exciting places in the city, especially with her two younger brothers. She has a passion for fashion and design and is also involved in art charities that facilitate workshops for children with special needs and difficult home lives. Emily is a trained life coach and enjoys writing about general wellness, mindfulness, and healthy relationships.

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