Burlington, Vermont

city in Chittenden County, Vermont, United States

Burlington is a city in the American state of Vermont. It is the county seat of Chittenden County. Burlington was first settled in 1783. It became a city in 1865.

Burlington, Vermont
Church Street Marketplace
Church Street Marketplace
Flag of Burlington, Vermont
Official seal of Burlington, Vermont
BTV, The Queen City[1][2]
Location in Chittenden County, Vermont
Coordinates: 44°28′33″N 73°12′43″W / 44.47583°N 73.21194°W / 44.47583; -73.21194[3]
CountryUnited States
U.S. stateVermont
Organized (town)1785
Incorporated (city)1865
 • City15.49 sq mi (40.13 km2)
 • Land10.30 sq mi (26.69 km2)
 • Water5.19 sq mi (13.44 km2)
Elevation200 ft (61 m)
 • City44,743
 • RankU.S.: 870th
 • Density4,339.3/sq mi (1,675.4/km2)
 • Urban
108,740 (U.S.: 285th)
 • Urban density1,760.8/sq mi (679.8/km2)
 • Metro
214,796 (U.S.: 203rd)
Time zoneUTC−5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP Codes
05401–05402, 05405–05406, 05408
Area code802
FIPS code50-10675
GNIS feature ID1456663
U.S. Highways
State Routes



Burlington is Vermont's largest city. It has a population of about 40,000 people. It is the smallest American city that is also the largest in its state. Burlington has a metropolitan population of about 210,000.



The city is located on the east bank of Lake Champlain. Burlington has an area of about 15.5 sq miles. It sits at an elevation of 200 feet. The suburb of Shelburne is 7 miles nearby Burlington.

Notable residents




Sister Cities


Although there is no formal twinning agreement, Burlington takes part in the annual Burlington International Games with


  1. Resnik, Robert J. (2013). Legendary Locals of Burlington, Vermont. Arcadia Publishing. p. 10. Burlington was known as the 'Queen City' of Vermont at least as far back as 1848, when the telegraph first arrived in Burlington and the people of Troy, New York, addressed their congratulations to 'people of the Queen City.' The title really took hold, though, in June 1865, when the City of Burlington's first mayor, Albert L. Catlin...stated in one of his early speeches, 'We represent a young city, which may in time be known and distinguished as the Queen City of New England.'
  2. Facts about Burlington, Vermont: The 'Queen City' and Its Institutions; Its Drives, Rambles, Views, Places of Interest, and Its Resources. C.H. Possons. 1888.
  3. 3.0 3.1 U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Burlington
  4. "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 7, 2020.
  5. "U.S. Census Quickfacts". Retrieved November 12, 2021.

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On the shore of Lake Champlain