Located east of Burlington, Essex has a population of 20,000 and is home to the major computer chip manufacturing plant IBM. The median household income in 2009 was $74,426 in Essex compared to $51,618 for the state of Vermont. Stats from 2009 also report the median household value in Essex is more than $50,000 higher than the median of Vermont.
Two school districts, The Essex Junction School District and Essex Town School District, oversee 10 public schools collectively. 9 parks, a swimming pool, and recreation trails are run by the Essex Parks and Recreation Department.
The Village of Essex Junction is a popular stop for shopping, visiting historical landmarks, and enjoying the recreational walking paths. The Essex Junction Amtrak station provides easy access to commute and travel throughout Vermont, New York, and Washington D.C.