🇺🇸 Burlington is the most-populous city in Vermont and the seat of Chittenden County. It is 45 miles (72 km) south of the Canada–United States border and 94 miles (151 km) south of Montreal. It ranks as the least-populous city to also be the most-populous city in its state. A regional college town, Burlington is home to the University of Vermont (UVM) and Champlain College, a small private college. Vermont's largest hospital, the UVM Medical Center, is within the city limits. The city of Burlington also has Vermont's largest airport (the Burlington International Airport) in neighbouring South Burlington. In 2015, Burlington became the first city in the U.S. to run entirely on renewable energy.
Economy Burlington's economy centres on education, health services, trade, transportation, and utilities, and some manufacturing.
Business and industry The largest employers in the city proper are the University of Vermont Medical Center and the University of Vermont. Other companies in Burlington include the G.S. Blodgett Company, one of the oldest and largest commercial oven companies in the country, which manufactures restaurant equipment. Its history dates back to the mid 19th century. General Electric develops software for the healthcare industry in South Burlington at the former headquarters of IDX Systems, which it purchased in 2006. General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products division employ 450 workers locally. A solely owned subsidiary, the division is based here. Dealer.com, a leading automotive internet marketing company, employed about 1,000 employees as of 2017. Ben & Jerry's began in 1978 when Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield opened their first ice cream scoop shop in an old gas station in Burlington. Vermont Teddy Bear Company, whose founder started on a cart on a Burlington street, now ships custom teddy bears worldwide. Corporate headquarters located in Burlington include Burton Snowboards, Bruegger's, Lake Champlain Chocolates, Rhino Foods, and Seventh Generation Inc.
Retailing and tourism One measure of economic activity is retail sales. Burlington was fifth in the state in 2007 with $242.2 million. The Church Street Marketplace, a four-block pedestrian mall in the heart of the city, is the site of festivals throughout the year. Events such as the "South End Art Hop" and public galleries such as Pine Street Art Works, provide a forum for the visual arts in the South End. The American Planning Association named the Marketplace one of America's "Great Public Spaces" for 2008. A "Festival of Fools" had an estimated 25,000 attendees at the Marketplace in 2009. The "Vermont Brewers Festival" had 9,600 attendees in 2009, and the "Giant Pumpkin Regatta and Festival" had 5,000 attendees that same year; Saturday Night Live satirised the event. One of the largest year-round farmers' markets in the state of Vermont is located in the city.
Burlington has a population of over 44,743 people. Burlington also forms the centre of the wider Burlington, VT metropolitan area which has a population of over 214,796 people.
Twin Towns – Sister Cities Burlington's sister cities are: 🇮🇱 Arad, Israel; 🇵🇸 Bethlehem, Palestine; 🇫🇷 Honfleur, France; 🇺🇸 Moss Point, Mississippi, United States; 🇳🇮 Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua; 🇷🇺 Yaroslavl, Russia Burlington's friendship cities: 🇨🇦 Burlington, Canada; 🇯🇵 Nishinomiya, Japan.