wobbles
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Questions About The Burlington, VT Area.

Thu Jan 26, 2006 8:30 am

Can anybody, particulary those of color, answer this. I'm considering relocating to Burlington, VT, using the money possible due to a severance package. I love Montreal and Burlington is 1.5 to 2 hours away, depending on customs traffic. The cost off living is a little bit of a drawback, but a more significant one for me is the 98.0% white population. I love all races, but after a bad experience in UT, I am nervous about living in towns like that again. Howard Dean is from there and they have a bunch of liberal ideas, such as banning outsourcing (BTV or the state banned it). Is it hard to find any blacks or hispanics there? Are there any interracial couples? Would you get beat up if you brought a lady of a different race into a bar? There seem to be a lot of New Englanders or Montrealers on this site that might know. Thanks.
 
VSlover
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RE: Questions About The Burlington, VT Area.

Thu Jan 26, 2006 9:04 am

as a "white" person (only 50%) i can simply give my $.02 of the area. i went to college in NH and actually spent a great deal of time in the burlington area over the past 8 years.

it is a town where hippies and love children from the 1960s decided to move to and grow up. it very much is a place of liberal thought and progressive ideas. yes, the hippie instict has carried over to their more highly-priced lifestyles.

there is very very little in racial diversity across the whole VT/NH area, but there is tons of poverty.

it is difficult to explain the true new england attitude, but they are all a group of very kind people who dont much concern themselves with the actions of others.
 
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RE: Questions About The Burlington, VT Area.

Thu Jan 26, 2006 10:51 am

It does not seem lik there's a poverty problem in that area, I know Maine has one, but that's 3 to 4 hours away from BTV.
Anyone else have any idea about the kind of town BTV is?
 
MKEdude
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RE: Questions About The Burlington, VT Area.

Thu Jan 26, 2006 11:19 am

Burlington, and all of northern New England, are a wonderful place to live. Clean, scenic, with wonderful schools, and many cultural opportunities to enjoy. (Burlington in particular) The cost of living is high, (not as bad as CA) but people living there wouldn't want to live anywhere else.

As for poverty, it's there no question, but I would say that it is not nearly as prevalent as it is elsewhere in the country.

Ethnically, it's overwhelmingly white. Not as much as it was 20-30 years ago, but still very white. The atmosphere is extremely open and liberal, When I lived there I knew several interracial and gay couples, and I never heard anybody talk about racism or prejudice...execpt when they left to go someplace else. I doubt your race will be a factor in anything.


Quoting VSLover (Reply 1):
it is difficult to explain the true new england attitude, but they are all a group of very kind people who don't much concern themselves with the actions of others

Pretty accurate. In NH "Live Free or Die" isn't just something they slap on a license plate.
"You can't be a real country unless you have a beer and an airline." Frank Zappa
 
wobbles
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RE: Questions About The Burlington, VT Area.

Thu Jan 26, 2006 12:57 pm

Thanks, MKEDude, anymore opinions?
 
Roger136913
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RE: Questions About The Burlington, VT Area.

Thu Jan 26, 2006 1:34 pm

Quoting MKEdude (Reply 3):
Pretty accurate. In NH "Live Free or Die" isn't just something they slap on a license plate.

Tell that to the ones who hate Mass people crossing the line lol j/k.

I don't think you will have a problem in Burlington what so ever. I use to vacation in Woodbury every year and have seen many ethnic back grounds and everyone was kind. Heck just driving down route 14, people out in their yards wave at everyone .

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