Colchester VT


Colchester is a city in Vermont slightly north of Burlington, the most populous city in the state. With a population of 17,067 in 2010, Colchester is the fifth-most populous municipality in Vermont. It’s also a significant educational and military location.

Colchester Reef Light was a antique lighthouse at Colchester Point in Lake Champlain. Now it was moved to Shelburne, Vermont, USA.


Colchester is a fairly active economic location for the state, in part due to its location within the Burlington Metropolitan Area. It’s the home of the Vermont National Guard. Some of the largest employers in Colchester include the following:

  • Saint Michael’s College
  • Costco Wholesale Corporation
  • Green Mountain Power
  • Shaw’s Supermarket
  • Champlain Cable Corporation

Awards and Recognition

On several occasions, Colchester has been recognized as a good place to live. In 2015, it was named in Fortune Magazine’s 100 Best Places to Live. Additionally, it was ranked 40th among Money Magazine’s Best Places to Live the same year, In 2017, Money Magazine again recognized the city in its top 100 places to live in America.

Education and Lifestyle

The city is home to Saint Michael’s College, a small, private, Roman Catholic, liberal arts college. Colchester also houses campuses for the Southern New Hampshire University and Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.

The public school district serves around 2,200 students. It administers one high school, one middle school, and three elementary schools. Colchester High School houses the award-winning Colchester Theatre Company.

Colchester is located along Lake Champlain and to the west of the Green Mountains. These afford plenty of natural attractions around the city. Additionally, nearby Burlington has a developed city center with nightlife, restaurants and other attractions.

Home Values

The median home value in Colchester is around $310,000. This is similar to other parts of the Burlington metropolitan area. However, the houses are somewhat larger in Colchester and the price per square foot is around $182. The homes in Colchester offer potentially high value for the area.

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