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  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Housing
    B
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
    A
  6. Diversity
    B
  7. Jobs
    B+
  8. Weather
    D+
  9. Cost of Living
    C+
  10. Health & Fitness
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  11. Outdoor Activities
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  12. Commute
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Essex is a town in Vermont with a population of 20,901. Essex is in Chittenden County and is one of the best places to live in Vermont. Living in Essex offers residents a sparse suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Essex there are a lot of bars and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Essex and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in Essex are highly rated.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$283,500
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,126
National
$949
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    31%
  • Own
    69%
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Essex Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    45.9
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    0
    40.7
  • Robbery
    13.8
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    270.6
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,041.1
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    50.5
    284

Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    12%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    8%
  • 25-34 years
    12%
  • 35-44 years
    13%
  • 45-54 years
    16%
  • 55-64 years
    14%
  • 65+ years
    14%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    21%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    30%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    27%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    17%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    5%
    13%

Working in Essex

Jobs
B+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$76,677
National
$55,322
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Essex Reviews

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I've enjoyed growing up here! Small, but not too small; We have lots of small town traditions, but we have some of the benefits of a larger town (technically we are the 5th biggest city in VT I think!). Lots of good programs for kids and families.
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Essex is a very nice, friendly town. It has many local stores and things to do. Essex high school has a very strong system and everyone loves it. You never find yourself with nothing to do because there are so many things like fishing, swimming, hiking, running, there are many places to eat and shop.
Being a member of the Essex community, a small community located in Vermont, has taught me all about the true meaning of looking out for one another. Through our ups and down, the community has always given back to those in need, a valuable trait that I intend to uphold throughout my life.