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Making a life in Addison County: Carolyn Griggs

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Posted on June 17, 2010 |
By George Altshuler



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Carolyn Griggs, 23, outside her family home in Lincoln, where she has lived for the past year since graduating from Castleton State College. Independent Photo/George Altshuler

The second installment of Making a life in Addison County profiles a very different story of a young adult in the local community. Carolyn Griggs, 23, grew up in Lincoln and went to Castleton State College to study elementary education. After she graduated last year, she moved back into her family's Lincoln home, and got a job assistant teaching at Addison Central school.

In the next few years, she thinks she will have to leave Addison County to find a full time teaching job and get her master's degree in teaching. Eventually, though, wants to settle down in the Lincoln area permanently — her family and the area's sense of community are big draws.

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Making a life in Addison County

You’ve seen the headlines, you’ve heard the personal stories from friends and neighbors: Vermont needs to create more opportunities for its young people or else they will leave the state. But many young adults choose to stay here and many others return after a few years away.

The “Making a life in Addison County” series will take a closer look at the lives of the 7,000 people between ages 20 and 34 who live in this county. What are they doing? Why did they stay or come back? How are they making it? Among other things, the series will look at the effect of the tough job market on the lives of young adults, whether they plan on remaining in the area and how they see the future of Addison County.

It will include profiles in the newspaper, and a weekly multimedia profile. Find them here.

And if you have a story that deserves to be told about your decision to make Vermont your home, we want to hear from you. E-mail tips and ideas to news@addisonindependent.com or call 388-4944.

Young adults in Addison County by the numbers:

  • Number of 20 - 34 year olds in Addison County in 2007: 7,048
  • Percentage of Addison County population 20 - 34 years old in 2007: 19.2 percent
  • From 1995 to 200, net migration among college-educated people ages 25 - 39 in Vermont: -2,252
  • Average age of first birth in Vermont in 2006: 25.8

  • Source: U.S. Census Bureau

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