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Figure it Out: Burlington (and Vermont) by the Numbers 

Published September 11, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.

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The state's lone area code. It's also slang for Vermont, as in, "Welcome to the 802."


How many hours you can initially park for free in all city-owned garages in downtown Burlington.


The number of gallons of sap it takes to produce a single gallon of maple syrup.

5 million

The number of trees tapped in Vermont to produce maple syrup. In 2016, those trees leaked out enough sap for nearly 2 million gallons of syrup, a new state record and by far the most in the country.


The percentage of Vermont residents who identified as white in 2017, according to the U.S. Census.


The number of languages spoken at Burlington High School.


The number of breweries per 100,000 Vermonters, as of 2017. That's the most breweries per capita of any state in the U.S.


The year Vermont joined the Union — after existing for 14 years as an independent republic.


Vermont's place among the 50 states, ranked by population.


The number of major political parties in Burlington government. From left to right: Progressives, Democrats and Republicans.


The number of seats on the Burlington City Council. Eight small wards exist within four larger districts. Each ward and district has its own city council representative.


The depth, in feet, at the deepest part of Lake Champlain, between Charlotte and Essex, N.Y. Some other interesting lake figures: It measures 12 miles across at its widest point, and its surface covers 435 square miles. Within it live 81 different species of fish, precisely zero of which are the famed lake monster Champ — at least as far as we know.


Vermont's percentage rate of skin cancer, tied for the fourth highest in the country. Remember: Sunscreen is your friend.


Burlington's rank among the 174 least-sunny cities in the U.S., according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Take that, Portland, Ore. (No. 20).


The number of dairy cows in Vermont, as of 2017. That collective herd produced white gold valued at more than half a billion dollars that year.


The number of dairy farms in Vermont, as of April 2018, down from 1091 a decade ago.


The number of billboards in Vermont. The state passed a law prohibiting them in 1968.

The number of permits you need to carry a concealed weapon in Vermont.

The percentage of Burlington's energy that's produced by nonrenewable sources.

The number of McDonald's within Burlington city limits. Vermont's capital, Montpelier, has a golden dome — the Vermont Statehouse — but also no golden arches, making it the only state capital without a Mickey D's.

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About The Author

Dan Bolles

Dan Bolles

Dan Bolles is Seven Days' assistant arts editor and also edits What's Good, the annual city guide to Burlington. He has received numerous state, regional and national awards for his coverage of the arts, music, sports and culture. He loves dogs, dark beer and the Boston Red Sox.


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