This week’s block is Vermont
Here’s some facts about the Green Mountain state
Entered Union (rank): March 4, 1791 (14)
With a population of fewer than nine thousand people, Montpelier, Vermont is the smallest state capital in the U.S.
Montpelier, Vermont is the only U.S. state capital without a McDonalds. (Yay! good for them)
In ratio of cows to people, Vermont has the greatest number of dairy cows in the country.
Montpelier, Is the largest producer of maple syrup in the U.S.
Vermont's largest employer isn't Ben and Jerry's, it's IBM.
Until recently, the only way a Vermonter could get a drivers license with their photo on it was to drive to Montpelier.
Vermont was, at various times, claimed by both New Hampshire and New York.
Until 1996, Vermont was the only state without a Wal-Mart.
Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream company gives their ice cream waste to the local Vermont farmers who use it to feed their hogs. The hogs seem to like all of the flavors except Mint Oreo.
Vermont does not sell alcohol to out of state licenses, you must have a liquor ID in order to purchase alcohol at liquor stores and grocery stores. This doesn't apply to bars, but can affect those traveling through the state.
Vermont leads the nation in the production of monument granite, marble, and maple products. It is also a leader in the production of talc. Vermont's rugged, rocky terrain discourages extensive agricultural farming, but is well suited to raising fruit trees and to dairy farming.
Principal industrial products include electrical equipment, fabricated metal products, printing and publishing, and paper and allied products.