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Category: Demographics

According to the most recent state and county population data from the U.S. Census Bureau, as shown in Chart 1, Vermont had a shrinking population in 2015 and, correspondingly, the third worst population change in the country. Vermont’s population shrank by -0.1 percent (-725 people) between 2014 and 2015.


 Chart 1 Vermont Percent Change in Population 2014 to 2015.jpg


Their shrinking population growth is due exclusively to having a negative net domestic migration rate—the 6th worst in the country.




#Vermont had declining population in 2015 due entirely to a negative net domestic migration rate. (click to tweet)


As shown in Chart 2, Vermont’s net natural population rate, as a percent of total population, was 0.11 percent in 2015—the 4th lowest growth rate in the country. The below average net natural population rate is due to a lower than average birth rate (0.96 percent, 2nd lowest) while the death rate (0.85 percent, 22nd highest) was average.


 Chart 2 Vermont Net Natural Population Change as a Percent of Population 2015.jpg


 Additionally, as shown in Chart 3, Vermont’s net migration rate, as a percent of total population, was -0.21 percent—the 6th lowest rate in the country. This out-migration is due to exclusively to the U.S. domestic migration rate which was -0.36 percent—the 13th lowest rate in the country. In contrast, the international migration rate was 0.15 percent which was the 10th lowest in the country and not nearly high enough to overcome the negative domestic migration rate.


 Chart 3 Vermont Net Migration as a Percent of Population 2015.jpg


Of course, the population change within Vermont is not distributed equally. Vermont only has 14 counties as shown below ranked in order of the highest rate of population change between 2014 and 2015 include:



  • Essex County, VT (0.6 percent)
  • Chittenden County, VT (0.4 percent)
  • Franklin County, VT (0.4 percent)
  • Lamoille County, VT (0.4 percent)
  • Orange County, VT (0.1 percent)
  • Orleans County, VT (0.1 percent)
  • Addison County, VT (0.0 percent)
  • Bennington County, VT (-0.3 percent)
  • Windsor County, VT (-0.4 percent)
  • Caledonia County, VT (-0.5 percent)
  • Washington County, VT (-0.6 percent)
  • Rutland County, VT (-0.7 percent)
  • Windham County, VT (-0.9 percent)
  • Grand Isle County, VT (-1.6 percent)


Click here to view our full demographic data app with details by state, by county, type of growth (natural [births minus deaths] and migrant [domestic and international]), and over time.


 Vermont Percent Change in Population by County 2014 to 2015.jpg

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