|Little Vermont is in no way a heavyweight among
the 51 states of the United States and is
represented by only one delegate in the U.S. House
Since 1990, Bernie Sanders,
who also ran in the last presidential election, has
been elected here early. Sanders is very popular
among the U.S. population, but cannot get
majorities. He represents social democratic
ideas that would win votes in many European
countries, but many in the United States are
considered too communist.
Montpelier also boasts that it is the only
capital city in the United States that does not have
a McDonalds branch. In this green country, too,
people are very environmentally conscious. In
Burlington, the largest city in this small state,
something incredible happened some time ago: a fast
food restaurant had to close because the Vermonter
simply can't stand fast food. Nowadays the farmhouse
serves healthy, regional and seasonal food, which is
very popular with guests.
The many small farms are in the midst of lush
green rural idyll. Animal welfare is very important
here, nothing is wasted, because people have always
paid attention to the conscious and ecological
handling of food. Where farmers and ranchers in the
rest of the United States complain bitterly about
falling prices, farmers in Vermont have become
inventive. Farmers' markets that sell their goods in
direct sales across the country are very popular
with the population. Many restaurants support this
direct marketing under the name "Farm to Tables".
Vermont: where the past is still present
They still exist here, the country stores, whose
tradition dates back to the time when the Wild West
was opened up. Vermont is one of the few areas in
America where these corner shops have survived with
their sometimes curious range of goods from night
hats to shaving brushes.
Like 150 years ago, these shops are still used
today as a social meeting point and news
exchange. Somehow everything seems to be out of time
here. One thing is clear: what you don't find in
these stores, nobody needs in Vermont.
While other states especially score with national
parks, beaches, modern metropolises and national
parks, in Vermont you live pure modesty. Here one
appreciates the agricultural and cultural landscape,
the smallholder farmers and the still existing
hippie communities that can cultivate their
alternative lifestyle in Vermont where nowhere else
in the USA. Agriculture has a long tradition and
Vermont even has its own label in the spirit of a
A president from Vermont
Most Vermonters feel more connected to Montreal,
Canada than Boston, New York
City or Washington. Relations with the neighboring
Canadian province of Quebec have traditionally
been very good.
As the 14th state, Vermont joined the still young
United States in 1791. As small as this green state
may be, it nevertheless represented the 30th U.S.
President Calvin Coolidge. This followed Warren
Harding in 1923 after he died unexpectedly.
In the tradition of Vermont, the Coolidge family
also had an agricultural existence and lived on a
farm where there was neither electricity nor a new
invention called telephone, which was still quite
new at the time. It took many hours for Coolidge to
get word that he was no longer the vice president,
but the president.
A president must be sworn in as soon as he takes
office. That was now in the middle of the Vermont
province, where there was no authorized official
present who could have taken on this special
task. Like all Vermonters, Coolidge Senior was
pragmatic and swore in his son in the kitchen of his
farmhouse by simply taking his family bible to hand.
This type of swearing was later criticized from a
constitutional point of view, but the new
president's father did not care. He just said no one
had told him that he shouldn't have sworn in his son
as the new president.
Indian Summer and Snow Slopes: The Climate in
The climate is moderate to cold, the average
annual temperature is 10 degrees Celsius. The amount
of precipitation is comparatively high in autumn and
winter. From December to February, the thermometer
can sometimes reach - 10 degrees Celsius. In
general, however, the winters in Vermont are quite
mild and hover around the zero degree mark.
In summer, the temperature gradient can be quite
large, because everything is possible from minimum
temperatures of 10 to 30 degrees Celsius in the
months from May to August. The best time of the year
is the warm Indian Summer in September and
October, wrapped in beautiful autumn colors.
Population and population development
Approximately 700,000 residents live in this
rural idyll in the northeastern United
States. Vermont recorded the largest population
growth in 1800 and 1810 with 80.8 and 41.1 percent,
respectively. Otherwise, population growth has
fluctuated between 0.5 percent and 8.2 percent in
the past 200 years. There were only significant
outliers in the years 1830, 1980 and 1990 with 10 to
The composition of the population is as constant
as the population growth. Vermont is primarily home
to white Americans of English, French and
Franco-Canadian descent. This development goes back
to the colonial past of today's state. African
Americans, Latin Americans, Asians and Indians make
up only a small proportion of the population.