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Fun facts about Vermont

Vermont was the 14th state to join the Union — the first aside from the original 13 colonies.

Vermont is the second-least populated state in the nation, and only five states are smaller in land area. Of all the 50 states, it has the very lowest Gross State Product. But it also has one of the best unemployment rates in the nation.

Vermont has an eccentric political history. It was an independent nation, the Vermont Republic, for 14 years (1777-1791). It had its own money, sovereign government and a constitution that explicitly forbade slavery — almost a century before the United States did.

Since 1856, Vermont voted Republican in every single presidential election except one (in 1964, it voted for Lyndon Johnson over Barry Goldwater). But beginning in 1992, Vermont has voted Democrat in every presidential election.

Vermont became the first state to allow and recognize civil unions between same-sex partners in 2000, and was the first state to legalize same-sex marriage legislatively (Massachusetts was the very first state to legalize same-sex marriage in 2004, but it was through a court ruling).

Vermont produces more maple syrup than any other state in America.

About 2.5 percent of Vermont’s population speaks French at home.

Please note: This information is from The Writer’s Almanac: writersalmanac.publicradio.org

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