May 12, 2020
As a long-time member of the School Board in my little town, I’ve seen Vermont’s demographic crisis first-hand. Twenty years ago, there were over 300 students in our elementary school; today, there are fewer than 200. Vermont’s population has remained virtually unchanged for ten years, but the state has tended progressively older in that time period. And I don’t recall the last time a home was built in town.
Now, thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, that may be about to change.
According to this article at the Axios website, 39% of urban dwellers said that the pandemic has prompted them to consider leaving the city for less-crowded venues, and 18-to-34-year-olds were more likely than any other age group to be considering the move.
And since it is likely that the pandemic is ushering in an era in which more people will be working at home, it may be a propitious time for Vermont to finish the job of extending wi-fi to every nook and corner of the Green Mountain State.