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April 08, 2006

State Taxes: Vermont vs. New Hampshire

Peter Coy

Vermont and New Hampshire may be geographic twins, but they are fiscal opposites.

Vermont (right-hand flag) had the highest state tax burden per person in the nation this past fiscal year, while New Hampshire (left-hand flag) was third from the bottom, according to Census Bureau data reported this week by a great website called stateline.org . (For the original Census report, click here.)

Taxpayers in Vermont are screaming in pain after a two-thirds increase in receipts from the statewide property tax. One resort town threatened to secede.

Makes you wonder: Since Vermont and New Hampshire are separated by nothing more than the Connecticut River, why don't more Vermonters move across the border to save on taxes?

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I believe Maine consistently has the highest total tax burden whenever these studies come out.

As for NH, here are a couple possible reasons Vermonters may not be so ready to cross the Connecticut River:

"The state (NH) also wasn?? too far behind New Jersey for having the most hazardous waste sites per 10,000 square miles+.

From http://www.seacoastonline.com/news/03192006/news/93348.htm

N.H. tops U.S. in adult asthma

From http://www.seacoastonline.com/news/04092006/news/96803.htm

Also, for my money, there is no finer lake in the U.S. than Lake Champlain, and I'm sure many Vermonters would not want to move away from this gem. Also, have you ever been stuck in traffic in North Conway? It can get quite crowded there and it's also way too commercialized.

Finally, their tiny stretch of seacoast would be a lot nicer if it wasn't right next to the Seabrook nuclear power plant.

Posted by: Chester from Westchester at April 9, 2006 08:14 PM

new hampshire is more free than vermont and ive lived in both states and vermont is by far the worst choice especially in taxes and there are many more beautiful sites in new hampshire than vermont. Lake winnepesaukee,lake sunnapee and the ocean does vermont have any of those. vermont is just a dumpy place to live and in springfield there is usually dog shit on the sidewalks for no reason

Posted by: Ryan at July 7, 2006 10:45 PM

New Hampshire has it all...powerful Universities, the seacoast, the White Mountain National Forest, low taxes, rural beauty, bustling small cities, and growing businesses. Our future is so bright we gotta wear shades. But don't move here, we are full. I have lived in both states and Vermont is a pretty crappy place to live...lots of hippy-dippy's, bad roads, few services, and high taxes. I am glad I am a New Hampshirite!

Posted by: Hugh Jazz at September 1, 2006 11:51 AM

The absolute best think about NH is that you can look across the water and see VT.

Posted by: Rob Borkowski at September 25, 2006 01:48 AM

Vermont is a crappy place to live...very expensive...housing shortages....Landlords are greedy...apartments are cheaply built and not sound proof....Springfield is a very ugly dirty little town....with alot of strange people...not much for stores or places to live that are even half way decent...most who rent in this state cater to the rich...Vermont needs to concentrate on taking care of Vermonters....

Posted by: Deb at February 19, 2007 02:48 PM

Lake champlain is dirty compared to most lakes Ft. Ticondaroga paper dumped waste in there for years If I could afford to move I would move across the river . We have the finest politicions money can buy.They are for anyone but the Vermonters.

Posted by: colonel at April 4, 2007 06:47 PM

Because if you move from VA to NH, you are still in the northeast and you are going to get taxed, suffer through winters, and have stagnent job growth, better to just to the southeast/west.

Posted by: Scott Patterson at April 8, 2007 02:33 AM


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