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South Burlington, Vermont
South Burlington City Hall
South Burlington City Hall
Official seal of South Burlington, Vermont
Nickname(s): SB
Motto: A different place altogether
Location in Chittenden County and the state of Vermont
Location in Chittenden County and the state of Vermont
Country United States
State Vermont
County Chittenden
Incorporated (town) 1865
Incorporated (city) 1971
 • Total 29.6 sq mi (76.6 km2)
 • Land 16.5 sq mi (42.7 km2)
 • Water 13.1 sq mi (33.9 km2)
Elevation 328 ft (100 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 17,904
 • Estimate (2015) 18,791
 • Density 1,136/sq mi (438.8/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 05403, 05407
Area code(s) 802
FIPS code 50-66175
GNIS feature ID 1459577

South Burlington is a city in Chittenden County, Vermont, United States. It is the 2nd-largest city in the state of Vermont and is home to the headquarters of Ben & Jerry's and Vermont's largest mall, the University Mall. It is also one of the principal municipalities of the Burlington, Vermont metropolitan area.

The city includes a central hub called City Center, which serves as the main business district. Residential neighborhoods surround City Center to the east and south. A mix of strip commercial and residential neighborhoods border Lake Champlain to the southwest. The city is in the planning and design phase of a redevelopment project to revitalize the City Center core.

Vermont's largest airport, the Burlington International Airport, is located within the city limits, although it is owned by the neighboring city of Burlington–Vermont's most populous municipality. The airport serves as the base of the Vermont Air National Guard and an Army Aviation Support Facility (AASF) of the Vermont Army National Guard.


The area of South Burlington was first granted by the Province of New Hampshire as part of Burlington township on June 7, 1763.

The town of Burlington was organized around 1785. In 1865, the unincorporated village of Burlington was chartered as a city. The remaining area of the town came to be organized as a separate town with the name South Burlington in the same year, 1865. The town of South Burlington was later incorporated as a city in 1971.


Located in western Chittenden County, South Burlington is bordered by the municipalities of Burlington to the northwest, Winooski and Colchester to the north, Essex to the northeast, Williston to the east, Shelburne to the south, and Shelburne Bay on Lake Champlain to the west. A large portion of Lake Champlain west of Burlington, extending west to the New York state line, is also part of South Burlington.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 29.6 square miles (76.6 km2), of which 16.5 square miles (42.7 km2) is land and 13.1 square miles (33.9 km2), or 44.25%, is water.


2010 census

U.S. Census population estimate for 2015 was 18,791. As of the census of 2010, The population density was 1,121.2 people per square mile (670.5/km2). There were 8,429 housing units at an average density of 507.8 per square mile (150.8/km2).

Historical population
Census Pop.
1800 65
1810 68 4.6%
1820 120 76.5%
1830 135 12.5%
1840 121 −10.4%
1850 127 5.0%
1860 121 −4.7%
1870 791 553.7%
1880 664 −16.1%
1890 845 27.3%
1900 971 14.9%
1910 927 −4.5%
1920 938 1.2%
1930 1,203 28.3%
1940 1,736 44.3%
1950 3,279 88.9%
1960 6,903 110.5%
1970 10,032 45.3%
1980 10,679 6.4%
1990 12,809 19.9%
2000 15,814 23.5%
2010 17,904 13.2%
Est. 2015 18,791 5.0%
U.S. Decennial Census

Race and ethnicity as of the 2010 Census:

White 90.0% (88.7% non-Hispanic or Latino)
Black or African American 1.9%
Hispanic or Latino 1.9%
Asian 5.4%
Native American 0.2%
Pacific Islander 0.01%
Other races 0.49%
Two or more races 2.0%

City Center Initiative

The City Center Initiative is a proposal to create a walkable downtown core. Infrastructure for the project is being undertaken as a public–private partnership. The site will be mixed-use for residential, commercial, and cultural spaces. The main components are a city core with a newly constructed City Hall, public library, and recreation center adjacent to a large park. Two main streets, Market Street and Garden Street, will be constructed/ reconstructed to form the central routes through City Center. These streets will be outfitted with bike/walkways, lined with trees, and include storm water infiltration surfaces. Along these streets will be mixed use buildings primarily for use by lower level retail and upper level residential units. In addition, a 7+ acre plot is to become Dumont Park, which will have walking paths, an outdoor classroom, a children's discovery area, and natural art landmarks.


Whale Tails
Whale Tails
  • Red Rocks Park is a public park and beach on the shores of Lake Champlain.
  • Overlook Park is a scenic park overlooking Lake Champlain and the Adirondacks.
  • Veterans Memorial Park (also known as Dorset Park) is the city's most well-known park. It has two baseball fields, one basketball court, a playground, and Cairns Arena, the high school's hockey arena, is close by.
  • Jaycee Park has a playground, basketball court, and open space for people to use.
  • Wheeler Nature Park, a park located just south of Veterans Memorial Park, with one hiking trail and scenic views of Mount Mansfield.


Burlington International Airport provides the area with commercial service to major regional hubs and international airports. Despite its name, it is located in South Burlington, although the land it is located on is owned by the city of Burlington. It originally did not offer scheduled commercial flights to destinations outside the United States, although it now has a Customs Port of Entry. The name dates to a time when it offered flights to Montreal. In 2011, it started seasonal flights to Billy Bishop Airport in Toronto. Bus service is provided by Green Mountain Transit.

Major highways

Interstate 89, Vermont's longest interstate highway, has two interchanges serving the city. Exit 13 merges with I-189, which ends on Shelburne Road (U.S. Route 7). The second interchange, Exit 14, is the state of Vermont's largest highway exit and merges onto U.S. Route 2. Exit 14E merges onto Williston Road and Dorset Street in South Burlington. Exit 14W is the main exit into Burlington and becomes Main Street in the Burlington city limits by the University of Vermont.

Interstate 189 goes east-west, connecting two of the city's main commercial roads, Shelburne Road (U.S. Route 7) and Dorset Street.

VT 116 (Vermont Route 116) runs north-south into South Burlington, and ends with a junction at U.S. Route 2 (Williston Road).

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