Bozeman vs. Burlington

Bozeman vs. Burlington

St. Thomas, Mike
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To test the legitimacy of Bozeman’s claim as one of the best towns around, we decided to compare it to similar small cities across the country. First up: Burlington, Vermont, home of the University of Vermont and minutes from New England’s premiere ski resorts. Burlington has a long-standing reputation for an eclectic art scene, outstanding quality of life, and mop-topped students living on shrooms and trail mix. Should be a good matchup.


Avg. Snowfall
Bozeman: 84 inches
Burlington: 76 inches
Eight inches might be significant enough, but we’ll give the East-Coasters the benefit of the doubt.
Edge: even

Landmark
Bozeman:
The Bridgers
Burlington: Lake Champlain
Snow skiing vs. water skiing? C’mon now.
Edge: Bozeman

Best Local Band
Bozeman:
The Clintons
Burlington: Phish
Sorry, Clintonians. When 65,000 people abandon their cars on I-90 and walk miles to your farewell show, we’ll reevaluate.
Edge: Burlington

Medical Marijuana
Bozeman:
Legal
Burlington: Legal
In VT, patients can grow up to 3 plants. In MT, it’s 6.
Edge: Bozeman

Movie Filmed
Bozeman:
A River Runs Through It
Burlington: Me, Myself & Irene
Brad Pitt or Jim Carrey? Robert Redford or the Farrelly Bros.?
Edge: Bozeman

Local Ice Cream
Bozeman:
Moo Casa
Burlington: Ben and Jerry’s
If Moo Casa had a factory tour complete with free samples, it might be closer.
Edge: Burlington

College Nickname
Bozeman:
Bobcats
Burlington: Catamounts
Similar animal, different locale. But in the wild, a cougar would take a bobcat any day.
Edge: Burlington

Average Commute
Bozeman:
14 minutes
Burlington: 17 minutes
Three minutes is close enough.
Edge: even

Average Rent
Bozeman:
$494
Burlington: $562
What’s $68, you ask? 6 cubes of Icehouse, that’s what.
Edge: Bozeman

Local Ski Resort
Bozeman:
Big Sky
Burlington: Sugarbush
Big Sky: 3,600 acres, 4,380-foot vertical drop. Sugarbush: 508 / 2,600. This should be worth 5 points.
Edge: Bozeman

Yuppie Invaders
Bozeman:
Californians
Burlington: New Yorkers
At least ours aren’t Yankees fans.
Edge: Bozeman

Trademark Vehicle
Bozeman:
1985 Subaru Wagon
Burlington: 2003 Subaru Forester
Gotta go with the original.
Edge: Bozeman

Local Publication
Bozeman:
Outside Bozeman
Burlington: Outdoors Magazine
Decided by better-looking editorial staff.
Edge: Bozeman

Final tally: Bozeman 7, Burlington 3.
Let’s hope for a little competition next time.

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