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Family Economic Security

All Vermonters want and need sufficient income for a decent home, nutritious food, as well as health care, transportation, childcare, and other essentials. The ability of all citizens to live decently is fundamental to the cohesion of any society. The state can and should ensure that workers are paid fairly, treated with respect, and have affordable childcare; and that taxpayer money intended to put Vermonters to work is invested wisely.

September 21, 2022

Vermont’s median household income passed $70,000 last year, for the first time ever. This means half of Vermont households took in more than $70,000, and half got less.

Household income rose by about $5,700 between 2019 and 2021, after adjusting for inflation, according to U.S. Census Bureau numbers released last week. That was the largest two-year increase since 2000. The Census skipped reporting state-level median income in 2020, when the pandemic interrupted data collection.

Remote workers
COVID-19 forced many people to work remotely, and new Census data show that many continued to do so in 2021. One in five—or more than 64,000—Vermonters worked from home in 2021, compared with about 22,800 in 2019.