• Sunset

Out-migration is an issue that has challenged Vermont at various times during the last 200 years. Why do people leave? Why do they return? Why do they stay?

The Vermont Roots Migration research is an on-going project of the Center and our collaborators. Here we explore the past, present and future of issues related to out-migration from Vermont, with a particular focus on the concerns about youth leaving the state.


The Vermont Roots Phase 1 Technical Report (PDF) is based on a survey of 3,692 respondents – ages 15 to 91 – who attended high school while residents of Vermont. More than half the respondents have since left the state (51.5%), nearly one-third are people who have remained in the state (30.5%) and the remainder (18%) are people who lived outside of the state for at least one year and returned to Vermont to reside.