Bennington is a medium-sized town located in the state of Vermont. With a population of 14,964 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Bennington is the sixth largest community in Vermont. Much of the housing stock in Bennington was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic towns in the country.
Bennington is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Bennington is a town of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Bennington who work in sales jobs (11.84%), office and administrative support (11.01%), and teaching (8.42%).
A relatively large number of people in Bennington telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 7.27% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.
Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Bennington spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 17.25 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the town are less than they would otherwise be.
In terms of college education, Bennington is substantially better educated than the typical community in the nation, which has 21.84% of the adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree: 31.81% of adults in Bennington have a college degree.
The per capita income in Bennington in 2018 was $29,236, which is lower middle income relative to Vermont, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $116,944 for a family of four. However, Bennington contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
The people who call Bennington home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Bennington residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Bennington include Irish, English, French, German, and Italian.
The most common language spoken in Bennington is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French.