( The Green Mountain State )
In 1609, French explorer Samuel de Champlain came upon a large lake in the area we know today as Vermont and named it after himself. The state's name comes from two French words vert (green) and mont (mountain). In 1791, Vermont was the 14th state to join the Union. Ethan Allen and the Green Mountain Boys defended their homeland from the British during the Revolutionary War. Vermont is famous for the scenic Green Mountains which run the entire length of the state. Although manufacturing and a growing service industry sector are now the most important economic activities in the state, Vermont has one of the lowest percentages of city dwellers of any state. Many vacationers go to Vermont just for the beautiful scenery. In the fall, the state is ablaze with the flaming colors of turning leaves. Vermont's quiet towns and villages are also favorite scenes. The mountains, lakes and streams offer a variety of recreational activities from skiing in the winter to hiking and camping in the summer.
The Flag of Vermont|
Entered the Union in 1791 as the 14th State; flag adopted in 1923. The coat of arms, based on the State seal, shows a scene from nature with pine tree and mountains. Branches of pine below commemorate the 1814 Battle of Plattsburgh.
Largest Cities in the State|
(2000) Burlington, 38,889; Essex town, 18,626; Rutland, 17,292; Colchester town, 16,986; South Burlington, 15,814; Bennington town, 15,737; Brattleboro town, 12,005; Hartford town, 10.367; Milton town, 9,479; Barre, 9,291
Business and Trade in Vermont
Agriculture: Dairy products, cattle, hay, apples, maple products.
Industries: Electronic equipment, fabricated metal products, printing and publishing, paper products, tourism.
State Symbols and Emblems
- Bird: Hermit Thrush
- Flower: Red Clover (trifolium pratense)
- Tree: Sugar Maple (acer saccharum)
- Song(s): Hail, Vermont
- Motto: Freedom and Unity
608,827 (65.8 mi2)
Geographic Area (mi2)
Rank 43rd Largest
Pub & Prv Schools
College & University
Border States: Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York
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Housing: In Vermont, there are 294,382 housing units, averaging to 31.8 per sq mile.