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South Burlington is a city in Chittenden County, Vermont, United States.[1] It is the second largest city in the U.S. state of Vermont and home to the headquarters of Ben & Jerry's and Vermont's largest mall, the University Mall. It is also one in the principal municipalities of the Burlington, Vermont metropolitan area.

South Burlington, Vermont
Municipal corporation
South Burlington City Hall
South Burlington City Hall
Official seal of South Burlington, Vermont
Nickname(s): SB, SoBu
Motto(s): A different place altogether
Location in Chittenden County and the state of Vermont
Location in Chittenden County and the state of Vermont
South Burlington, Vermont is located in the US
South Burlington, Vermont
South Burlington, Vermont
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 44°27′7″N 73°10′54″W / 44.45194°N 73.18167°W / 44.45194; -73.18167Coordinates: 44°27′7″N 73°10′54″W / 44.45194°N 73.18167°W / 44.45194; -73.18167
Country United States
State Vermont
County Chittenden
Incorporated (town) 1865
Incorporated (city) 1971
 • City Manager Kevin Dorn
 • City Clerk Donna Kinville
 • Total 29.6 sq mi (76.6 km2)
 • Land 16.5 sq mi (42.7 km2)
 • Water 13.1 sq mi (33.9 km2)
Elevation 328 ft (100 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 17,904
 • Estimate (2016[1]) 18,971
 • Density 1,136/sq mi (438.8/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 05403, 05407
Area code(s) 802
FIPS code 50-66175[2]
GNIS feature ID 1459577[3]

Vermont's largest airport, the Burlington International Airport, is located within the city limits, although it is owned by the neighboring City of Burlington–Vermont's most populous municipality. The airport is the base of the Vermont Air National Guard and an Army Aviation Support Facility (AASF) of the Vermont Army National Guard.



The area of South Burlington was first granted by the Province of New Hampshire as part of Burlington township on June 7, 1763.[4]

The town of Burlington was organized around 1785. In 1865, the unincorporated village of Burlington was chartered as a city. The remaining area of the town came to be organized as a separate town with the name South Burlington in the same year, 1865.[5] The town of South Burlington was later incorporated as a city in 1971.


City Hall, which was renovated in 2014[6]

The city government is a council-manager form of government. Budgets must be approved by voters.[7] The city budget for 2016 was $21,153,145.[8]


Located in western Chittenden County, South Burlington is bordered by the municipalities of Burlington to the northwest, Winooski and Colchester to the north, Essex to the northeast, Williston to the east, Shelburne to the south, and Shelburne Bay on Lake Champlain to the west. A large portion of Lake Champlain west of Burlington, extending west to the New York state line, is also part of South Burlington.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 29.6 square miles (76.6 km2), of which 16.5 square miles (42.7 km2) is land and 13.1 square miles (33.9 km2), or 44.25%, is water.[9]


2010 censusEdit

U.S. Census population estimate for 2015 was 18,791.[10] As of the census[2] of 2010, The population density was 1,121.2 people per square mile (670.5/km2). There were 8,429 housing units at an average density of 507.8 per square mile (150.8/km2).

Census Pop.
1800 65
1810 68 4.6%
1820 120 76.5%
1830 135 12.5%
1840 121 −10.4%
1850 127 5.0%
1860 121 −4.7%
1870 791 553.7%
1880 664 −16.1%
1890 845 27.3%
1900 971 14.9%
1910 927 −4.5%
1920 938 1.2%
1930 1,203 28.3%
1940 1,736 44.3%
1950 3,279 88.9%
1960 6,903 110.5%
1970 10,032 45.3%
1980 10,679 6.4%
1990 12,809 19.9%
2000 15,814 23.5%
2010 17,904 13.2%
Est. 2016 18,971 [11] 6.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[12]

Race and ethnicity as of the 2010 Census:

White 90.0% (88.7% non-Hispanic or Latino)
Black or African American 1.9%
Hispanic or Latino 1.9%
Asian 5.4%
Native American 0.2%
Pacific Islander 0.01%
Other races 0.49%
Two or more races 2.0%

2016 American Community Survey EstimatesEdit

According to the U.S. Census' American Community Survey,[13] the city in 2016 was 88.9% White (85.7% non-Hispanic or Latino white), 2.5% Black or African American, 4.7% Asian, 0.4% Native American, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 1.8% other races, and 1.8% two or more races. The city was 5.0% Hispanic or Latino of any race.


Burlington International Airport is located within South Burlington's city limits.
Ben & Jerry's headquarters from the entrance

South Burlington has a largely service-based economy. There are 191 businesses in retail trade, mainly concentrated around City Center near Dorset Street and Williston Road. There are 131 establishments in health care and assistance and 116 in professional, scientific, and technical service industries.[14] In 2015, South Burlington was first in the state for gross retail and use sales with $1,888,484,094.[15] Real estate, rental, and leasing operations had a sales value of $86,976,000 in 2012.[16]

Some of the major employers in South Burlington are the Vermont National Guard, GE Healthcare, Ben & Jerry’s, Fairpoint Communications, and Lane Press. South Burlington is home to CommutAir, a regional airline, and is headquartered in the city by the airport.[17] Magic Hat Brewing Company, one of the nation’s larger craft breweries, is headquartered here as well.[18] Other important economic forces in South Burlington include the University Mall, Vermont’s largest mall, four grocery stores centrally located in City Center, and the Development Plan for City Center.

Employment and incomeEdit

Employment flow in South Burlington Count Share
Total jobs in South Burlington 17,887 100%
Employed in South Burlington, lives elsewhere 15,773 88.2%
Employed and lives in South Burlington 2,114 11.8%
Employment flow chart

70.9% of people 16 and older in South Burlington are in the labor force. By sector, the labor force in South Burlington is concentrated in a few main sectors:

  • 34.2% empoloyed in educational services, health care, and social assistance
  • 11.4% employed in manufacturing
  • 9.1% employed in arts, entertainment, and recreation, and accommodation and food services
  • 9.0% employed in retail
  • 9.0% employed in professional, scientific, and management, and administrative and waste management services[19]

The median household income was $67,396 in 2014 and 25.2% of families have total annual income between $100,000–$150,000. The unemployment rate in 2014 was 4.7%.[19]

City Center InitiativeEdit

The City Center Initiative is a proposal to create a walkable downtown core. Infrastructure for the project is being undertaken as a public–private partnership.[20] The site will be mixed-use for residential, commercial, and cultural spaces. The main components are a city core with a newly constructed city hall, public library, and recreation center adjacent to a large park. Two main streets, Market Street and Garden Street, will be constructed and/or reconstructed to form the central routes through "City Center". These streets will be outfitted with bike/walkways, lined with trees, and include stormwater infiltration surfaces. Along these streets will be mixed-use buildings primarily for use by lower-level retail and upper-level residential units. In addition, a 7+ acre plot is to become Dumont Park, which will have walking paths, an outdoor classroom, a children's discovery area, and natural art landmarks.[21]


Whale Tails
  • Red Rocks Park is a public park and beach on the shores of Lake Champlain.
  • Overlook Park is a scenic park overlooking Lake Champlain and the Adirondacks.
  • Veterans Memorial Park (also known as Dorset Park) is the city's most well-known park. It has two baseball fields, one basketball court, a playground, and Cairns Arena, the high school's hockey arena, is close by.
  • Jaycee Park has a playground, basketball court, and open space for people to use.
  • Wheeler Nature Park, a park located just south of Veterans Memorial Park, with one hiking trail and scenic views of Mount Mansfield.


Elementary schools:

  • Chamberlin School (public)
  • Orchard School (public)
  • Rick Marcotte Central School (public)
  • The Schoolhouse (private, independent)

Middle schools:

  • Frederick H. Tuttle Middle School (the city's only public middle school)
  • Vermont Commons School (private, independent)

High schools:


Burlington International Airport provides the area with commercial service to major regional hubs and international airports. Despite its name, it is located in South Burlington, although the land it is located on is owned by the neighboring City of Burlington, Vermont's most populous municipality. It originally did not offer scheduled commercial flights to destinations outside the United States, although it now has a Customs Port of Entry.[22] The name dates to a time when it offered flights to Montreal. In 2011, it started seasonal flights to Billy Bishop Airport in Toronto. Bus service is provided by Green Mountain Transit.

Major highwaysEdit

Interstate 89, Vermont's longest interstate highway, has two interchanges serving the city. Exit 13 merges with I-189, which ends on Shelburne Road (U.S. Route 7). The second interchange, Exit 14, is the state of Vermont's largest highway exit and merges onto U.S. Route 2. Exit 14E merges onto Williston Road and Dorset Street in South Burlington. Exit 14W is the main exit into Burlington and becomes Main Street in the Burlington city limits by the University of Vermont.

Interstate 189 goes east-west, connecting two of the city's main commercial roads, Shelburne Road (U.S. Route 7) and Dorset Street.

  VT 116 (Vermont Route 116) runs north-south into South Burlington, and ends with a junction at U.S. Route 2 (Williston Road).




Notable peopleEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "South Burlington city, Vermont". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 11 June 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  4. ^ "Villages & Communities Within: South Burlington". Retrieved 15 December 2015. 
  5. ^ "Welcome!". City of South Burlington. Retrieved 23 February 2016. 
  6. ^ South Burlington in 2014, City Hall.
  7. ^ Buscher, Sara (May 20, 2008). Residents to vote today on budgets. Burlington Free Press. 
  8. ^ City of South Burlington Reports
  9. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Census Summary File 1 (G001): South Burlington city, Vermont". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved August 11, 2015. 
  10. ^ U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division.
  11. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  12. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved May 16, 2015. 
  13. ^ U.S. Census Bureau, 2016 American Community Survey.
  14. ^ U.S. Census Bureau, 2010-2014 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates
  15. ^ State of Vermont Tax Department 2015 Sales and Use Statistics.
  16. ^ U.S. Census Bureau, 2012 Economic Census, 2012 Economic Census of Island Areas, and 2012 Nonemployer Statistics.
  17. ^ "Welcome!" CommutAir. Retrieved on May 24, 2009.
  18. ^ "Magic Hat Brewery Directions" . Retrieved on January 6, 2010.
  19. ^ a b U.S. Census Bureau, 2010-2014 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates
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  21. ^ TIF District Plan
  22. ^ Port Of Entry - Burlington International Airport
  23. ^ [1]
  24. ^ Jack Leggett Clemson University profile
  25. ^ Mike Rochford Baseball-Reference statistics

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