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Despite Census data, experts say Vt. population stable

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -

Vermont is one of only two states to lose population last year, down just 581 people, but experts say that is well within the margin of error of 5,000 people. So, it's possible we didn't lose residents at all.

Vermont political leaders have raised concerns for years about young people leaving the state to find jobs and the high percentage of elderly residents. But Jane Kolodinsky, the head of UVM's Center for Rural Studies, says the state's population is quite stable. And even if we did lose almost 600 people, that shouldn't be translated into economic gloom and doom.

"We have some of the highest income compared to the rest of the country. We have more retail sales per capita, which is a sort of a signifier of economic stimulation compared to the rest of the country. We have more homeowners and we have more education. So, I think Vermont is on track to continue to be pretty stable and offer a really good lifestyle for people who want to live here," Kolodinsky said.

Kolodinsky also said Vermont's birth rate is good and when we do lose people, it's because they are moving away.

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