A recent study placed Vermont as the 10th “best” state in the United States. The ranking combines education, health care, economy, crime and more. Vermont’s high ranking in safety contrasted with lower scores in economy and infrastructure. See the Burlington Free Press article for further analysis.
Vermont also ranks high nationally in government expenditures, according to a list compiled by economist Arthur Woolf -- number one in health care spending per capita, third in welfare spending and fourth in transportation spending.
Since Vermont is always showing up on various lists, the Center’s student researchers have put together a ranking of rankings -- a comprehensive list of more than 40 separate rankings of Vermont. See them all here in one place, organized by subject area.
Speaking of numbers, a list of earthworm species found in Vermont, Maine, and New Hampshire was recently compiled by scientists at UVM and the Oliogochaetology Laboratory in Ontario, Canada. Scientists collected the data from 217 sites in all 40 counties of the three state region, finding 26 species representing 11 genera and three families (Acanthodrilidae, Lumbricidae and Megascolecidae).
Vermont researcher Tridu Yunh explores the perceptions and realities of organ donation in a recent study. At the time of the study, 64 Vermonters were awaiting a lifesaving organ transplant. Vermont hovers at about the national average, with about 50 percent registered as deceased organ donors. State Representative Barbara Rachelson, working with the Governor's Advisory Council on Organ Donation and Transplant has proposed an opt-out rather than opt-in system which could substantially increase organs available for life-saving transplants.
When it comes to obesity, Vermont’s rates are near the lowest (43rd in one study) yet 25% of Vermonter’s qualify as obese. Should Vermont attempt to curb sugar intake by taxing soda and other sugary beverages? UVM graduate student Benjamin Crosby evaluated the media framing of a sugar-sweetened beverage tax in Vermont and the ways in which it affected citizens’ perceptions of the proposal.