Vermont Facts

Is there a trivia buff in your wedding party…or maybe you just need a few fun Vermont facts to share when you’re telling people about your Vermont wedding?

State Population: 625,741

State Capitol: Montpelier is the smallest state capital in the U.S. with a population less than 9,000. It is the only state capital without a McDonald’s. Vermont’s state capitol building is one of only a few to have a gold dome. Atop the dome is a statue of Ceres.

Origin of state’s name: Based on “verts monts,” French for green mountains

Highest Elevation: Mt. Mansfield, 4,395.3 ft. Vermont has 223 mountains over 2,000 feet in elevation.

Lowest Elevation: Lake Champlain shoreline, 95 ft.  Lake Champlain is the nation’s sixth largest fresh water lake.

State motto:  Freedom and Unity

14th State:  Vermont was the first state admitted to the Union after the original thirteen colonies. Vermont entered the union March 4, 1791.

Neighbors:  Bordered by Canada, New York, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire.

State Symbols:

  • Flower:  Red clover
  • Tree:  Sugar Maple
  • Bird:  Hermit Thrush
  • Animal:  Morgan Horse
  • Insect:  Honey Bee
  • Flavor:  Maple
  • Fruit:  Apple
  • Pie:  Apple Pie
  • Gem:  Grossular Garnet
  • Fish:  Brook Trout & Walleye Pike
  • Song:  These Green Mountains


Green acres.  1 National Forest & 52 State Parks with 300,000 acres of state forest.

Nostalgic. Vermont has more covered bridges per square mile than any other state.

Sweet.  Vermont is the largest producer of maple syrup in the U.S.

Born on the 4th of July.  U.S. President Calvin Coolidge was the only president born on the Fourth of July.  Born in Plymouth, VT on 7/4/1872

Historic firsts.  On July 2, 1777, Vermont was the first state to abolish slavery.

Moo.  In ration of cows to people, Vermont has the greatest number of dairy cows in the country.

Hog Heaven. Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream company gives their ice cream waste to the local Vermont farmers who use it to feed their hogs. The hogs seem to like all of the flavors except Mint Oreo.

Pastoral.  Vermont is one of four U.S. states that does not allow billboard advertising.  The other three are Alaska, Hawaii and Maine.

Anti-Sprawl Until 1996, Vermont was the only state without a Wal-Mart. It still does not have a Target.

It’s a Jungle(book). Rudyard Kipling, living in Vermont in the 1890’s invented the game of snow golf.