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10 Fast Facts About Vermont:

1/ The five largest employers in Vermont in 2012 were:

IBM - 5,300 employees
Fletcher Allen Health Care - 4,835 employees
University of Vermont - 3,777 employees
Shaw's Supermarkets Inc. - 1,600 employees
Rutland Regional Medical Center - 1,300 employees

2/ Despite having only the 45th largest population of the states in the US, Vermont has had two Presidents who were born in the state. These are:

Calvin Coolidge - August 2, 1923 - March 4, 1929 (born on July 4, 1872 in Plymouth)
Chester A. Arthur - Sept 19, 1881 - March 4, 1885 (born on Oct 5, 1829 in Fairfield)

3/ Until 1996 Vermont was the only state not to have a Wal-Mart. Currently there are four Wal-Mart Discount Stores in Vermont as-of Jan 31, 2012. This compares to 102 in California, plus further 78 supercenters, 33 Sam's Clubs and 7 Distribution Centers in The Golden State according to the official Wal-Mart company website.

4/ The highest point in Vermont can be found at the top of Mount Mansfield at a height of 4,395 feet (1340 meters). The average elevation in Vermont is a much more modest 1,000 feet (300 meters).

5/ The official state flower of Vermont is the Red Clover, the official state tree is the sugar maple and the official state amphibian is the Northern Leopard Frog.

6/ The official state flag of Vermont features a dark blue background on which is pictured a coat of arms which has on it a crest, scroll, shield and badge. You can see pictures of hills, fields and a large pine tree in the background, as well as a cow, 3 sheaves of corn and a sunny sky. The hills are intended to be representative of the Green Mountains, the sheaves of corn represent farming, and the cow is symbolic of the dairy industry. The bucks head at the top of the seal is supposed to represent how abundant wildlife is in the state. At the very bottom you can see a banner which has the motto of the state - "Vermont, Freedom and Unity".

The flag is a little dull, and members of the North American Vexillological Society (Flag Lovers) rated it as only their 61st favorite flag out 72 flags that represent the United States and Canada.

7/ The capital of Vermont is Montpelier which has a modest population of just 7,855 people in the 2010 Census, making it the state capital with the lowest population in the United States. The main employer in the state capital is the state government, and also the life insurance and fire insurance sectors are also proportionately over-represented.

8/ Officially the five largest cities in Vermont are: (Figures are from the 2010 Census)

Burlington - 42,417
South Burlington - 17,904
Rutland - 16,495
Barre - 9,052
Montpelier - 7,855

However, many of the towns in Vermont actually have larger populations than the 'cities' (it is a legal distinction that depends on how they are incorporated).

So the five largest cities or towns in Vermont (by population) are actually: (Towns are in bold)

Burlington - 42,417
Essex - 17,067
South Burlington - 17,904
Colchester - 17,067
Rutland - 16,495

9/ The lowest ever recorded temperature in Vermont occurred on December, 30, 1933 at Bloomfield when the temperature fell to a chilly -50F (-46 centigrade). The highest ever recorded temperature in Vermont was on a particularly memorable July 4, 1911 at Vernon when the temperature topped out at relatively modest 105F (41 centigrade).

10/ Only 24% of Vermonters attend church regularly. This compares to a national figure throughout the United States as a whole of 43% who claim to visit church regularly.

In practice though, many who claim regular church attendance on surveys do not actually attend, and conversely, after events like 9/11 or other terrorist atrocities, the numbers attending church will often go up dramatically (albeit for often a short amount of time).

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