Vermont is a state
U.S. state
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 in the New England
New England
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 region of the northeastern United States of America. The state ranks 43rd in land area, 9250 square miles (23,957.4 km²), and 45th in total area. Its population according to the 2010 census, 630,337, is the second smallest in the country, larger only than Wyoming
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. It is the only New England state not bordering the Atlantic Ocean. Lake Champlain
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 forms half of Vermont's western border, which it shares with the state of New York
New York
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Freedom and Unity

Vermont State Motto

The gods of the valley are not the gods of the hills, and you shall understand it.

Ethan Allen, in reply to the King's attorney-general, in a New York court case decided against him, prior to his armed resistance to claims of New York authority over Vermont; quoted in Curiosities of Human Nature (1844) by Samuel Griswold Goodrich|Samuel Griswold Goodrich, p. 145.

Vermont is a small state which makes an enormous difference.

Fred Rogers, Commencement Address at Middlebury College (May 2001)

I am Vermont.

Valerie Frankel|Valerie Frankel, "Runway To The White House: Searching for a Defining Look In the Land of Ben & Jerry's", New York Times, August 31, 2003