Vermont's Diversity Perspective on Diversity and Inclusion

A Portrait of Vermont's Diversity

Source: US Census Data, USA Today, Burlington Free Press

Vermont is a changing place; certain areas are changing more rapidly than others. The Western half of Winooski and the Old North End in Burlington have seen significant cultural and ethnic change during the past decade.

Vermont's total population: 625,741

Population change (2000-2010): 2.8 percent growth

  • Between 2000 and 2010, Vermont's population of Hispanics grew 67 percent to 9,208.
  • 25 languages are spoken in the Winooski school district; about 30 percent of the 872 children are not proficient in English.
  • From 2000 to 2010, the black population in the Old North End in Burlington nearly tripled, to 9.9 percent.
  • The count for Asian residents rose to 8 percent, an almost seven-fold increase.
  • The white population dropped from 84.3 to 77.2 percent.
  • The percentage of the Green Mountain State's population that is non-Hispanic white dropped from about 96 percent in 2000 to 94 percent last year. The number of people identifying themselves as black more than doubled to 6,2777.
  • The number of Asian Americans and those identifying themselves as of two or more races increased by about 50 percent.
  • The state's youth population is becoming increasingly diverse, a sign of bigger changes for the state in years to come.
    • The share of non-Hispanics whites younger than 18 shrank from 95 percent in 2000 to 91 percent.
    • Young blacks make up 1.6 percent of the population, up from 0.7 percent;
    • Latinos jumped from 1.2 percent to 2.2 percent; Asians from 1 percent to 1.5 percent; Multiracial youths from 1.8 percent to 3.1 percent.