Open space, close-knit communities, and opportunities for all.
Create a life where you can thrive in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom.
Northeastern Vermont, fondly known as the Northeast Kingdom (NEK) offers wide open spaces, close-knit communities, and a balance of work and play. The most rural area of Vermont, the NEK is comprised of three counties: Caledonia, Essex, and Orleans. The Kingdom is bordered on the north by Canada, on the east by the Connecticut River, and on the west by the Green Mountains.
Our remote location offers a high quality of life with clean air and picturesque views of the sprawling mountains, lakes, and forested landscapes, and yet Boston, New York City, Quebec, and Portland are all within a reasonable day’s drive. You will find quaint eateries, kind and welcoming neighbors, high quality education with small class sizes, and careers where you can make a difference and feel valued.
The Northeast Kingdom is a place where you can enjoy life on and off the clock. Families, young adults, and people of all ages find Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom an excellent place to call home. It takes a lifetime to experience all that the Kingdom has to offer – why wait to start your adventure?
Find a Career that Fits
Whether you’re looking to find a position in your field, embark on a new career opportunity, or work remotely from home, the Northeast Kingdom has many diverse employment opportunities. Mainstay industries include healthcare, hospitality, recreation as well as forest products, manufacturing, and education.
Key employers of the region include Community National Bank, Ethan Allen Furniture Factory, Lyndon Institute, Momentum Manufacturing Group (formerly NSA Industries), Northeast Kingdom Human Services, Northern Vermont Regional Hospital, Northern Vermont University, and St. Johnsbury Academy.
Due to our rural location, agriculture is another mainstay industry in the region, providing farmers and food and beverage producers a variety of job opportunities. Over 3,000 people are employed through the Kingdom’s creative economy, working in the fields of visual and performing arts, film and media, and cultural arts and heritage.
Many entrepreneurs call the Kingdom home. Discover success stories from the Kingdom here. There are a variety of resources, grants, and funding opportunities available for start-ups and small business owners. Explore business resources here.
Not sure where to start?
The Vermont Department of Labor, in conjunction with the McClure Foundation, recently published a resource outlining a Pathway to Promising Careers in Vermont, which provides 10-year projected openings, minimum educational requirements and median wages paid.
A Thriving Lifestyle
The Northeast Kingdom is a place where you can chase your passions on and off the clock. For many, that means taking advantage of the region’s great outdoors. The NEK boasts many outdoor recreational opportunities ranging from hiking and mountain biking, to skiing and snowmobiling, hunting, fishing, and more.
Fuel your need for speed at Kingdom Trails in East Burke, one of National Geographic’s Top 20 Best Mountain Bike Towns, or along the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail, which leads from St. Johnsbury to Danville, and beyond. Jay Peak is a 4-season destination for skiers, hikers, bikers, and families looking to enjoy the great outdoors. The NEK is home to the Craftsbury Outdoor Center, Northwoods Stewardship Center, and Burke Mountain, providing year-round recreational activities in a variety of sports.
The Kingdom is rich with history, arts and cultural experiences and offers year-round opportunities to enjoy live music, theaters, museums, festivals and more. You can’t miss a visit to the Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium or a performance at Catamount Arts. Bread and Puppet is also a wonder, as is the Museum of Everyday Life.
Parents will be thrilled to hear that the Northeast Kingdom offers high-quality education and engaging classroom environments. You will find small class sizes and opportunities for both public and private schools, and your children will appreciate growing up surrounded by open space and the great outdoors.
Resources to Relocate
To learn even more about Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom and to find resources to help you relocate, head to ThinkVermont’s website. Think Vermont is an initiative of the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development
Experience a GetNEKedVT Adventure
GetNEKedVT is the motto of the Northeast Kingdom and speaks to the raw, authentic experiences and adventures you can have while you’re here. Visit NortheastKingdom.com for a guide to all things NEKed!
Connect with a Vermonter
Thinking about relocating to the NEK? Connect with a Think Vermont Relocation Representative from the Northeast Kingdom to get answers to all your lingering questions!
Hear how moving to the Kingdom has made a difference in the lives of these Vermonters.
Carmenza Montague: Coming from South America, Carmenza found small towns with open hearts and minds, a place to raise a family.
Geoff and Gillian Sewake: With a business plan and a vision, they opened a brewery in a town where everyone knows your name!
Ian Boswell: Pro cyclist Ian Boswell balances training for competition with life on the farm and community bike rides.
Bobby Farlice Rubio: Far from home but feeling right at home, Bobby chose the Northeast Kingdom after growing up in Florida and So. Cal.
Maire Folan: Maire has found meaning, challenge and career growth in Northeast Kingdom.
Jim Kisch: Moving up to the Kingdom provided Jim with opportunities for career advancement, as well as a higher quality education and life for him and his whole family.
This effort is funded in part by a Northern Border Regional Commission grant awarded to Northern Community Investment Corporation.