2009: 42,417, #1 in Vermont

1950: 33,000

2010 Metropolitan Area: 211,261, #199 in U.S.


Burlington, on the eastern shore of Lake Champlain, was first settled in 1783. Today, Waterfront Park is along the lake, and there are boat tours during the summer months. Lake Champlain Ferries cross the lake to Port Kent, New York. The University of Vermont is just east of downtown.


Tallest buildings: Ira Allen Chapel, 165 feet (1926) and Decker Towers (1971), 124 feet


BurlingtonTown Center, an enclosed mall, closed in 2017. The mall is being redeveloped as CityPlace Burlington. The Macy's department store closed in 2018. Church Street Marketplace (1981) is a two-block pedestrian mall.


Amtrak’s Vermonter runs south to New York City and Washington, D.C., and north to St. Albans, Vermont. The train stops at a small station in Essex Junction, several miles east of Burlington. Burlington Union Station (1916) now has offices and art studios.

Burlington, Lake Champlain, and Mt. Mansfield


The Fleming Museum of Art and Anthropology is on the University of Vermont campus. The ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain is on the downtown waterfront.


Merrill’s Roxy is a first-run theater in downtown Burlington. The Flynn Center for the Performing Arts (the former Flynn Theater, 1930) is a restored movie theater that hosts the Vermont Symphony Orchestra and touring Broadway shows. The Vermont Stage Company is also downtown.


The Vermont Lake Monsters, Single-A New York-Penn League affiliate of the Oakland Athletics, play at Centennial Field (1922) on the University of Vermont campus.

Map of Downtown Burlington

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