The percent of Vermonters living at or below this specific measure of poverty has dropped over the last decade. This is a promising sign, although the full story is more complex. The level of poverty varies among towns and counties in Vermont, and between different population characteristics, such as race and ethnicity, gender, and level of education. And though the data trend for the next few years may see changes resulting from economic disruption due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the current downward trend is a positive sign that the economic situation for many Vermonters has improved.
This measure is an important indicator for our state, as poverty has a significant impact on overall wellbeing. The effects of poverty do not only impact individuals, but whole communities.
Updated in September, 2022