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South Burlington, Vermont

South Burlington, Vermont
South Burlington High School
South Burlington High School
Official seal of South Burlington, Vermont
Nickname(s): SoBo
Location in Chittenden County and the state of Vermont
Location in Chittenden County and the state of Vermont
South Burlington, Vermont is located in USA
South Burlington, Vermont
Location in the United States
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 (2014) 18,743
 • 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[1]
GNIS feature ID 1459577[2]
Website .com.sburlwww

South Burlington is a city in Chittenden County, Vermont, in the United States. With an estimated population of 18,743 people in 2014,[3] it is the second largest city in Vermont and is home to the headquarters of Ben & Jerry's. It is one of the principle cities of the Burlington metropolitan area.

It is composed of multiple sets of suburban neighborhoods and a commercial center, which is in the process of being converted to a downtown[4] along Market Street. It is also home to the state's largest mall, the University Mall. The city borders Lake Champlain and has a public park and beach, 'Red Rocks,' along with three other public parks.


  • History 1
  • Government 2
  • Geography 3
  • Demographics 4
    • 2010 census 4.1
    • Data from 2009-2013 4.2
    • 2000 census 4.3
  • Economy 5
    • Personal income 5.1
    • Real estate 5.2
    • Industry 5.3
  • Parks & recreation 6
  • Downtown project 7
  • Education 8
  • Transportation 9
    • Major highways 9.1
  • Media 10
    • Television 10.1
    • Radio 10.2
  • Notable people 11
  • See also 12
  • References 13
  • External links 14


The area of South Burlington was first granted by New Hampshire as part of Burlington township on June 7, 1763.[5]

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 was then organized as a separate town with the name South Burlington. The town of South Burlington was later also incorporated as a city in the year 1971.


City hall, which was renovated in 2014.[6]

Budgets must be approved by voters.[7]

The city budget for 2007-08 was $18,321,479.[7]

The school budget for 2007-08 was $36,742,377.[7]


Located in western Chittenden County, South Burlington is bordered by the city 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.[8]


2010 census

As of the census[1] of 2010, there were 17,904 people and 8,224 households in the city. 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).

Race and Ethnicity as of the 2010 Census:

90.0% White (88.7 non-Hispanic white)

1.9% African American

0.2% Native American

5.4% Asian

0.01% Pacific Islander

2.0% two or more races

0.49% other races

1.9% Hispanic or Latino of any race

Data from 2009-2013

Median household income: $64,756

Per capita income: $37,425

Persons living below poverty level: 5.1%

Foreign-born persons: 10.3%

Persons per household: 2.17

2000 census

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 15,814 people, 6,332 households, and 3,786 families residing in the city. The population density was 950.2 people per square mile (366.9/km2). There were 6,501 housing units at an average density of 390.6 per square mile (150.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 93.78% White, 0.83% African American, 0.18% Native American, 3.35% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.41% from other races, and 1.42% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.21% of the population.

In the city the population was spread out with 21.6% under the age of 18, 12.5% from 18 to 24, 30.8% from 25 to 44, 22.0% from 45 to 64, and 13.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 88.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.2 males.


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

CommutAir, a regional airline, is headquartered in the city, by the airport.[10] The Magic Hat Brewing Company, one of the United States's larger craft breweries, is located here.[11]

One measure of economic activity is retail sales. South Burlington was second in the state in 2007 with $326.8 million.[12]

Personal income

The median income for a household in the city was $51,566, and the median income for a family was $67,241. Males had a median income of $42,076 versus $29,883 for females. The per capita income for the city was $25,290. About 2.3% of families and 4.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.6% of those under age 18 and 7.2% of those age 65 or over.

Real estate

While the number of homes sold dropped from an annual high of 396 in 2005, it has exceeded 150 for the last several years. The average sales price has risen steadily, however, from $230,000 in 2005 to $310,000 in 2008.[13]


GE Healthcare employed 780 people as of 2008.[14] The headquarters of Ben and Jerry's Homemade, Inc. are located in South Burlington. As mentioned, CommutAir, a regional airline, has its headquarters located in the city as well.

Parks & recreation

  • 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.

Downtown project

The city of South Burlington has taken steps to begin the construction of a new downtown area, known as the 'City Center.'

City center logo.[15]

It would be composed of units for residential, retail, mixed use, and two open parks.[16] The project is set to construct along Market Street, which is east of Dorset Street, the city's current commercial street.


Elementary schools:

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

Middle schools:

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 city of Burlington. It originally did not offer scheduled commercial flights to destinations outside the United States, although it now has a Customs Port of Entry.[17] The name dates to a time when it offered flights to Montreal, but in 2011, it started seasonal flights to Toronto.

Bus service is provided by Chittenden County Transportation Authority.

Major highways

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

Interstate 189 goes east/west, connecting Shelburne Road (Route 7) and Dorset Street, connecting the two commercial roads together.




Notable people

See also


  1. ^ a b c "American FactFinder".  
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names".  
  3. ^ a b "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  4. ^ City of South Burlington, Vermont Planning & Zoning
  5. ^ roots web,
  6. ^ South Burlington in 2014, City hall.
  7. ^ a b c Buscher, Sara (May 20, 2008). Residents to vote today on budgets. Burlington Free Press. 
  8. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Census Summary File 1 (G001): South Burlington city, Vermont". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved August 11, 2015. 
  9. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved May 16, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Welcome!" CommutAir. Retrieved on May 24, 2009.
  11. ^ "Magic Hat Brewery Directions" . Retrieved on January 6, 2010.
  12. ^ McLean, Dan (July 13, 2008). Retail Sales by the numbers. Burlington Free Press. 
  13. ^ Ryan, Matt (November 30, 2008). South Burlington real estate snapshot. Burlington Free Press. 
  14. ^ McLean, Dan (January 30, 2009). GE Healthcare furloughs 50 people. Burlington Free Press. 
  15. ^ [2], City center information.
  16. ^ "City Center Park/Dumont Park". Retrieved October 29, 2015. 
  17. ^ Port Of Entry - Burlington International Airport
  18. ^ WW Norton Author's Page
  19. ^ Jack Leggett Clemson University profile
  20. ^ Mike Rochford Baseball-Reference statistics

External links

  • South Burlington official website
  • Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • South Burlington GIS
  • Brief History of South Burlington and Mayfair Park Neighborhood
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