Around New England

Parts of Vermont Fading Away – No Children

December 6, 2018

Like a lot of towns in Vermont, Guildhall saw more people die in 2016 than be born. In fact, there are so few children left in the town that the school and baseball field have closed and playground equipment has been taken away.

The community church closed, and the once-upon-a-time children’s Christmas show at town hall is no more.

The town is an extreme example of a statewide trend.

Vermont’s birth rate is the lowest “since reliable record keeping began” in 1880, at 9.2 per 1,000 residents, according to Seven Days. In 1955, it was 24.

“When somebody says they are having a third child, I almost fall flat on my back,” says one resident, according to Seven Days.