Vermont is part of New England and shares a border with Canada. The state has a predominately rural population, with geography ranging from mountainous areas to fertile flatlands. Nearly 80% of Vermont’s landmass is covered by deciduous forests. Vermont has the second smallest population of any state. Farming was the strongest contributor to Vermont’s economy until manufacturing took over in the twentieth century. Electrical equipment is currently the leading manufactured product, contributing about one-third of the state’s income. In the last several decades the service industry has seen the most growth, with tourism consistently on the rise. Vermont is the nation's leading producer of maple syrup, accounting for over 25% of the U.S. total.

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