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Coronavirus Pushing Some People To Live In Vermont Permanently

August 25, 2020

Some people went to Vermont to avoid the coronavirus pandemic and now never anticipate going back home.

Nearly 250 people who took a survey since moving to Vermont, at least temporarily, during the pandemic; and one-third said that they are either likely or very likely to stay in the state permanently. The question came as a part of an eight-question survey with the Vermont Futures Project, according to WCAX-TV Channel 20 in Burlington, Vermont.

“We felt safe here and we had already thought about coming to Vermont, and it just bumped up our timeline,” Eliza Fitzhugh, who is from New York City, told WCAX.

“We would like to stay here indefinitely. Vermont is like this amazing place where you can go hike, or ride your bicycle — being surrounded by nature,” she added.

Vermont’s population has been declining, and state officials are so desperate to attract new residents that they implemented a program last year to pay the costs of people who move there.

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