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    Why Vermont Is Ripe With Opportunity

    It’s a small wonder. For the seventh year running, the Green Mountain State has taken the top spot in the Opportunity Index, which measures economic mobility. That’s due in large part to Vermont’s low crime rate, strong startup culture and top-notch health care and universities — and boosted by its small population and size, which help with forming tight communities. But experts note that the state is still struggling to overcome its lack of diversity — Vermont is 93 percent white — and high cost of living.

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