The Laurentide ice sheet covered Vermont as recently as 13,000 years ago. The landscape still bears its marks in the form of glacial debris, glacial dams, changes in sea level and crustal depression and rebound.
The Vermont landscape was formed in part by the Laurentide ice sheet. After the ice sheet retreated, Vermont became populated by the plants and animals that had been pushed south by the ice sheet nearly 70,000 years prior.
Vermont has a lower infant mortality rate than the national average. However, it has a higher teen death rate.
Vermont has a population of 619,000. 81,000 of those residents live in poverty.
For every $1 spent by tourists, an additional $.69 of spending is generated in the Vermont economy. Every $1 million spent by tourists creates 38 jobs in Vermont.
Despite its small size and rural population, Vermont has a significant tourism industry. In 1997, 4.62 million visitors made 15.74 million separate trips to Vermont. It is a popular year round destination.
Vermont has a strictly enforced maple grading law controlling standards of density, flavor and color. The grade of maple syrup must be plainly and correctly marked on each container, along with the name and address of the producer.
Vermont has an ideal climate for growing sugar maple trees and an ideal climate for good sap flow. Making syrup is handed down from generation to generation.
Commonly referred to as The Green Mountain State, Vermont was settled in 1770 by Ethan Allen and his “Green Mountain Boys” after a dispute over land rights between New York and New Hampshire. Vermont was later granted statehood on March 10, 1791, as the 14th state to enter the Union.
Vermont is the second smallest state, in terms of population, in the United States. The majority of state residents live in rural communities.