Vermont and New Hampshire Compared


Vermont and New Hampshire Both are bordering states in these United States in a region known as New England, the area of the country first settled by European colonists when they came over and, you know, kicked Native American nations off their lands throughout the 1600s. The Connecticut River separates them, and each joke the other state is the upside-down version of itself. That’s pretty good. So although Vermont and New Hampshire are right next to each other, and although they are about the same size, and although even the shape of each state is similar to a point where people often mix them up, there are a lot of differences between the two. Before we get to the differences, let’s keep going with what they have in common. Both have a lot of natural beauty, filled with rolling hills, mountains, streams, lakes, and forests. Both have plenty of protected land. Vermont has the Green Mountain National Forest and New Hampshire has the White Mountain National Forest. The Green Mountains in Vermont and White Mountains in New Hampshire are both part of the northern Appalachian Mountains, a range that goes up and down the eastern portion of the country. New Hampshire has the taller highest peak of the two states, with Mount Washington, one of the windiest places on earth. On April 12, 1934, scientists recorded a wind speed of 231 miles per hour on the top of the mountain, which is still the world record for wind speed if you don’t count cyclones or tornadoes. Vermont does have a more rugged terrain, overall, and in fact New Hampshire’s land gets all chill and flat in the southeast portion of the state. It even borders the Atlantic Ocean. For 18 miles (29km). The shortest ocean coastline of any state, but at least it’s not landlocked like Vermont! Tons of Americans who live in the NORTHEAST MEGALOPOLIS go to both Vermont and New Hampshire for tourism, especially for outdoorsy stuff like fishing, hunting, and hiking. Winter sports like skiiing and snowmobiling are also big in the winter in both states. Oh, and don’t forget the fall foliage! Oh my, it’s so pretty. Jim Gaffigan: The foliage! Let’s drive by the foliage. It’s so beautiful the way the leaves die. Both states have a lot of people with lighter skin. The vast majority of people in both states trace most of their ancestry back to Europe. The earliest European settlers were mostly Puritans and other groups from Britain, but before the English arrived French explorers checked out both states. These European settlers encountered various Native American nations already living there for hundreds of years. Most of them were Algonquian-speaking Abenaki tribes, although in Vermont the Pennacook and Mohican tribes also resided. During the colonial era, both Vermont and New Hampshire were controlled by the British, although both were threatened at their borders by the French. New Hampshire was one of the original British 13 colonies, and Vermont was not. New Hampshire actually used to claim parts of what today is Vermont, which was also claimed by other colonies and mostly unsettled by the British during this time. It actually was its own country for a short while. After the United States gained independence and became a country in 1776, New Hampshire was one of its first states. It became the 9th state to ratify the Constitution in 1788, and Vermont became the 14th state three years later. Both states shared similar patterns of growth, with their populations dramatically growing during the early 1800s but slowing way down by the end of the century. Contrary to popular belief, politically speaking Vermont and New Hampshire are fairly similar. Vermont has a reputation for being left-leaning on the political spectrum- I mean this is where Bernie Sanders is from, for crying out loud. But it’s also where Calvin Coolidge was from. Vermont reliably voted for a Republican for President almost every election up until 1988. Even though New Hampshire has a reputation as a low-tax state where a bunch of libertarians are trying to move to, it has still mostly voted for Democrats in presidential elections over the last 25 years. Both states are mostly Christian, but really both states aren’t that religious. 34% of Vermont residents consider themselves religious, while 35% of New Hampshire residents consider themselves religious. Both states have residents that are, on average, much older than the average age of people in other states. So not only are both states old. Both states are OLD. Both states have low unemployment rates. Vermont’s is currently 3.3% and New Hampshire’s is currently 2.4%. Both states also have a similar percentage of residents who graduated from college. About 36% of residents in both Vermont and New Hampshire have at least a bachelor’s degree. Both states have some of the highest high school graduation rates as well. Both states rank in the top 10 for healthiest in the country. I know that already I have explained some differences between Vermont and New Hampshire, but let’s now spend the rest of the video exclusively looking at how these two states contrast. Despite being about the same size, New Hampshire has a larger population than Vermont. In fact, it has more than twice as many people. Vermont is the second smallest state in the country in terms of population. Its largest city, Burlington, has just 42,000 people. New Hampshire’s largest city, Manchester, has about 111,000. New Hampshire’s population is currently growing at a faster rate. In fact, Vermont’s population has recently been declining. It’s more expensive to live in New Hampshire. But that’s overall. For example, it’s actually 9.5% less expensive living in Manchester, New Hampshire compared to living in Burlington, Vermont. However, if you look at a city like Rutland, Vermont, you are going to find much better deals than any comparable place in New Hampshire, so it kind of depends on what part of each state we’re talking about. The biggest three industries in Vermont are healthcare, education, and retail. The three biggest in New Hampshire are healthcare, manufacturing, and retail. Vermont has the smallest economy in the United States. New Hampshire’s is ranked 39, and has a much more promising future for industry growth. Agriculture has always been more of a focus in Vermont compared to New Hampshire, where they have historically been more open to industry. New Hampshire residents tend to make more money than Vermont residents. The poverty rate in Vermont is 11.9%, compared to just 7.3% in New Hampshire. New Hampshire has the lowest poverty rate in the country. The minimum wage in Vermont is $10.50 an hour, but by 2024 it will be $15 an hour. In New Hampshire, it’s just $7.25 an hour, which is also the federal minimum, and it doesn’t appear to be going up any time soon. Vermont tends to be a little less open to outsiders. In fact, people who have lived in Vermont for a long time have a name for outsiders. They call them “flatlanders.” Vermont has higher taxes overall. New Hampshire has historically gone more out of its way to attract new businesses to its state compared to Vermont. Vermont has a law called Act 250, which greatly limits real estate development. Although, Vermont recently announced it will pay people up to $10,000 to live there if they have a full-time job where they can work remotely. But yeah, I mentioned taxes. Let’s get more into that. New Hampshire doesn’t have an income tax OR a sales tax. So how the heck do they get money? Well, the state has really high property taxes. Vermont just taxes you for, well, like everything, but at least their property taxes are lower. And while they have some of the highest taxes in the United States, their social services are way above average because of it. And boy is the New Hampshire government frugal. They barely pay its state representatives anything. Vermont famously banned billboards in 1968, so when you drive down a highway in Vermont today you will see this, as opposed to this, in neighboring New Hampshire. Vermont puts a lot more emphasis on supporting local businesses. The state prides itself in letting everyone know that its capital city, Montpelier, is the only capital in the country without a McDonald’s. Oh, and there are only 6 Walmarts in the entire state. Every four years, New Hampshire is home to the first primary election for the Democratic Party and Republican Party to pick their nominees for President. Sooo I predict that in early 2020 a bunch of journalists will be hanging out there. Vermont is known for having quite the characters running for political office there, like this unforgettable cast who ran for governor in 2014. The reason why obscure candidates in Vermont are actually seen is because Vermont lets them debate on TV, which I think, frankly, is amazing. It’s awesome. Marijuana is completely legal in Vermont. Medical marijuana is currently legal in New Hampshire, but it’s sure looking like marijuana will also be completely legal there soon as well. Vermont made headlines when it became the first state in the country to legalize same-sex unions way back in 2000, fifteen years before the Obergefell v. Hodges Supreme Court decision legalized same-sex marriages nationwide. So yeah, as I go on and on with this video, maybe I am realizing that Vermont IS much more left-leaning than New Hampshire. Hmmm So as much as the two states bicker and appear to be so different, Vermont and New Hampshire actually complement each other quite well. I understand if you have a hard time making up your mind between the two if you want to live in either. Hey I know! How about living somewhere along the lovely Connecticut River? So, what do you think? Should I move my Vermont and become a full-time YouTuber so that we can get that sweet $10,000? I’ve already got my Ben and Jerry’s ice cream and Green Mountain coffee. Eh? Which state do YOU like better? Also, what did I forget? What did I get right? What did I get wrong? Which states should I compare next? Let me know in the comments below. Thank you for watching.

100 thoughts on “Vermont and New Hampshire Compared”

  1. Which state is better? Vermont or New Hampshire? What did I leave out but should have mentioned about either state?

  2. As a Vermonter, I’ve never heard the term flatlanders. So I’m not sure about that one, other than that great video!

  3. You're telling me VT, the state of bernie does not do well economically? And people trust him to lead the whole country?

  4. Should I move to New Hampshire when I get out of the Army? Seriously considering it, what are the pros & cons of the state? I’m also looking to enter law enforcement when I’m out of the Army, what can you tell me about the state agencies?

  5. I used to live in NH, moved to VT because of the cheaper cost of living and higher quality of interaction. Based of my experiences VT jobs pay better because even if you don't have a degree, there is less competition so your skills are more valuable. I'm pleased with my move, I just miss the ocean every so often.

  6. I love both of them. Go to my friends family's land in north stratford (ATV club right through there land) and go across the river to maidstone lake as well. I will say my NH friends can drink.

  7. I spent 8 months in VT, 2 Months in NH…white girls in New England, are more open minded about interracial dating…

  8. Also Vermont is basically wild west meaning we can all carry concealed or open carry guns with no paperwork. And until recently for private sales we could just buy and sell guns no paperwork. Most still do.

  9. come to Minnesota we will show you a good time.

    we invite you to Minnesota.

    make Minnesota higher on your list.

  10. I’m a Texan going to school in Vermont and who has family in New Hampshire. Vermont is Hippietown USA. Psychedelics, outdoorsy people, and nice open discussions about personal beliefs without people getting offended by everything.

    That is another thing about Vermonters that I very much appreciate. Everyone is so down to earth, appreciate one another and would certainly help out a stranger in need. Taxes may be pretty hefty, but it certainly is worth it for the atmosphere. Money ain’t everything, and Vermonters really embody that.

    If I were to compare Vermont to anywhere, it would be Scandinavia. Humble, liberal, quiet, kind, and white.

    New Hampshire is like Mass-lite. I know people will hate me for saying that, but it’s kinda true. You get Irishmen and women who drink a lot of beer, hate taxes, give each other banter and love sports. New Hampshire is working class culture all the way through. Politically they are far more libertarian and they are very VERY open about their political views. They are great people who have thick skin, but a warm soul.

  11. Green mountain state VT but NH arnt bad nabors thiere good to over all no matter what we live in America

  12. excellent video – actually this just pushed me off the edge , and I've decided definitely on buying a second home in Vermont ( I could never not live in NYC )

  13. What's crazy is that one state has no income tax or state taxes but high property taxes yet still wealthy

  14. I think after this I will remember that Vermont is on the left and New Hampshire is on the right. Thank you for that. I'm a few days away from 26, it's about time.

  15. People need to stop acknowledging that New Hampshire and Vermont exists I like the quiet like the low crime rate

  16. I have been on trips to both states and they are both beautiful. I give the edge to Vermont because it has a very unique feel, while NH is not that different from MA or ME. There's a restaraunt in Brattleboro (and Hinsdale) that includes land in both states so go there if you can't decide!

  17. I used to live in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada (just north of the border) and we would sometimes go skiing in Jay Peak. Always a fun experience, very welcoming people. Some employees would even answer us in french! Stowe and Killington were also very nice ski resorts. We are jealous of your ski mountains.

  18. Born and raised in Vermont. It's not a state for me. I want out. I think repealing Act 250 would be do us really good…

  19. I live in Lunenburg Vt, which is right on the border between the two, and the social contrast is amazing to watch. The age classes also differ entirely in their general political preferences, with Older NH residents leaning further and further to the right, and younger Vermont residents leaning further and further to the left. The social contrast between the two states lies most certainly in the growth of the individuals in question. And it has everything to do with education. Both states educate their youth, and both have a relatively high rate of uneducated older adults. This being the product of the work environments they had as children. For instance, most of the town of lancaster, which borders Lunenburg, have little to no high school education. They started working in mills, and factories, and on farms at very young ages, and general lack of proximity to education facilities meant that they simply went without. Instead, the people worked, and went home to their families, if they had them. The recent increase in school necessity and global demand for education in careers avast, have called for both states to ramp up their youth education resulting in an increasing rate of formal experience amongst youth. This causes a divide amongst the peoples of each state respectively, which lies within the battle between Young and old. Industrialization has brought the voice to the old, conservative, business minded NH residents, and likewise an increase in education and media retail have brought a voice to the youth of VT, characterized as more liberal. Thus the contrasting dichotomy of the 2 states is rendered to the rest of the country based on voters, of which old Vermonters don't care, and young NH kids couldn't give a damn. The voice that is heard in a crowd, is the loudest, not the most common. If you'd like to know more, I could tell anyone some pretty sweet stories that I've heard from both states regarding what it's like to live in each. Think stormcloaks and imperials in skyrim, but real life, and not so violent.

  20. So i'm 67 grew up in tampa , fla. In that huge rat race. Lived in orlando too. Millions of people crammed in there cars .hot everyday. I just flew up and drove around both states on a road trip. Stayed in hotels in small towns for a week. I felt like i was in heaven. Its 92, humid and swealtering here in south fla.

  21. I went camping near Lincoln, NH. The minimum wage is $7.25, yet the prices aren't that low. We tried to eat lunch at a Thai place. The website said the prices were mostly below $10, yet when we went there, we couldn't find anything below $13. Later, we tried to go to a food court, but it was closed at 4:40 p.m. on a Friday. We went to Friendly's, but the prices were kind of high for such fast food quality. The strawberries didn't even taste that good, yet they were a whole dollar. That and my friend found a little hair in his foodm The only reliable place there was McDonald's. Even they had slightly higher prices than other McDonald's because it was relatively fancy and they being the food to you.

  22. I lived in both. Both good places. Both have serious problems– drug, environmental, economic, and poverty, and should not be idealized.

  23. We used to say that breaded fish fillets you get for school lunch look like Vermont, but then somebody pointed out that we had them upside down.

  24. They’re both Yankee states, in other words, people that are generally reserved and won’t like or understand laugh out loud humor or sarcasm. And Tex-Mex, mesquite-grilled BBQ, and a deep fried beef fritter called chicken fried steak almost nonexistent. Boiled beef, chicken, potatoes, and cabbage with a little salt for seasoning, marshmallow fluff, and homemade maple syrup are culinary delights for them. Maybe kale and boiled lobster for the more cultured.

    BUT, which state has better skiing overall? I don’t mean just deep ditches for those overadvanced lifers going on double diamonds. Aren’t both states with skiing in large hills that are mostly icy and wet?

  25. I’ve lived in southern NH most of my life and let me tell you bro. We get a rap for being one of the more red-neckish states in the New England area but if anything its northern NH; southern is fairly liberal but the north is where you get the people waving their confederate flags above their heads. That being said NH and VT should forget our differences and move and rename the mountains the light green mountains

  26. Mr. Beat: My wife and I grew up in the Boston area in the 1960's and had the same reaction to your video. WE LOVE NEW HAMPSHIRE!!❤️️ Despite your analysis, I fondly remember New Hampshire as a staunchly Republican state. Yes, Massachusetts residents have moved up there and turned the State purple. But I love the state motto: "Live free or die!" There are many more great vacation attractions in New Hampshire: The Flume, Indian Head Mountain, Mount Washington, Franconia Notch with the Cannon Mountain Arial Tramway, the Basin, the Kancamangus Highway, Lake Winnipesaukee, Jackson, NH with one of the few covered bridges, and Portsmouth, NH. As I used to say as a math major when I proved a Theorem: "QED!"

  27. 8:25 There is one like a mile away though.
    9:05 Sort of. It is legal to grow, consume, and posses recreational cannabis. Bizarrely though, it is a misdemeanor to sell it and commercial shops are not allowed.

  28. We dont call all outsiders flatlanders, just city folk or people from New Jersey, NYC, Massachusetts, Connecticut or Rhode Island.

  29. I live in the Kearsarge district in NH, and it seems like the Vermonter's and Massachusetts people are awful drivers. Not sure how many times me or my parents have been passed by an of stater doing the speed limit where there was a double yellow line in the road.

  30. The Pennacook lived in New Hampshire and Massachusetts, not Vermont, and are generally considered part of the Abenaki. During colonial times, they were a Confederation of tribes centered on the Merrimack River. The Abenaki living in Vermont are generally called the Sokoki.

  31. The Vermonters I encountered pronounced their letter r's at the end of words. In New Hampshah, I heahd the classic New England accent

  32. I lived in VT and later NH. VT was definitely different from NH. They had a 5th season, MUDD season. They didn't warm up to outsiders but we're OK once you lived there a while.

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