Figure It Out SUMMING UP VERMONT BY THE NUMBERS BY KEN PICARD
That’s how many major political parties are represented on Burlington’s city council. Mayor Miro Weinberger is a Democrat, but the previous two chief executives were Progressives — members of the left-wing party formed by the activists who helped elect Bernie Sanders mayor. There are Republicans here, too, but not many.
Vermont is pretty damn white, and we ain’t just talking snow. It’s the second palest state in the union. Though we’re often dinged for our lack of racial diversity, there’s this:
The number of languages spoken in Burlington High School. In the last 25 years, Vermont has welcomed more than 6,300 refugees from Bosnia, Bhutan, Sudan, Somalia, Burundi and beyond.
It’s Vermont’s lone area code, a source of state pride. You’ll see it emblazoned on T-shirts, sweatpants and bumper stickers. We’re less proud of this next number…
The Green Mountain State is the sixth smallest in land mass and second smallest in population. But size isn’t everything. Here are some other digits that matter in these parts.
Vermont’s national ranking in the percentage of adults who eat at least one serving of fruits and veggies daily. Vermont also tops the national “locavore index,” which measures the percentage of locally produced food consumed.
All that high fiber pays off. Nationally, Vermont ranks 44th and 45th for its percentage of obese adults and children, respectively, and 47th in sedentary lifestyles — aka the percentage of adults who routinely sit on their asses. New here? Eat more kale and go climb a mountain, or something.
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That’s how many votes earned Bernie Sanders his victory in the 1981 mayoral race — his very first electoral win. Hillary Clinton beat him by a little bit more than that when they vied for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016. Sigh.
That was the most recent estimated population of Burlington, Vermont’s biggest city. Montpelier was estimated at only 7,592, making it the smallest state capital in the country — and the only one without a McDonald’s. Which may explain…
Lest you think Vermonters don’t enjoy the occasional indulgence, that’s the weight, in pounds, of the world’s largest ice cream sundae, made in 1983 by hometown favorites Ben & Jerry’s. The company did more than $350 million in global sales in 2015. So, where’s all that cream coming from?
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