I love Burlington. You can walk alone at night and feel safe as a woman. You can express your identity freely with your clothing or body modifications and not be judged for it. Vermont is a super family friendly area overall, but Burlington is especially accepting and open to change. There is minimal nightlife, which makes it feel more safe but may not be a great attribute to some people. It is an amazing place to raise your family because of how safe it is. I was very blessed to grow up in a suburb of Burlington. Some downfalls are the lack of night life, lack of racial and ethnic diversity, but overall, rent is low, schooling is good, and it is a very safe place.