Like many young adults in Addison County, Jen Roberts, 33, and Judd Markowski, 28, both moved away after finishing school. Roberts lived in England for a few months, working as a babysitter and bartender, and Markowski worked various jobs in Montana. But both chose to return here, and they soon met and got married. They're now raising their two daughters, Mirabelle and Adalaide in Bridport.
"I'm more interested in where I wanted to be than what I wanted to do," said Roberts. She explained that since she didn't want to follow a career path that would force her to live where she found a job (she gives the example of being a rocket scientist), she wanted to raise her children in an area with a high quality of life. Also, she wants to raise her children near their grandparents. Both Markowski's and Roberts' parents live within ten miles of their home in Bridport.
Since they moved back to Vermont, they have worked a wide range of jobs — including trucking, landscaping, restaurant work and ski instructing. But they now own Daily Chocolate in Vergennes. Most days, Roberts works at the chocolate shop and Markowski stays home with their two daughters, Mirabelle and Adalaide.
Read more about this and other families who decide to raise children in Addison County here.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 388-4944.
Young adults in Addison County by the numbers:
Source: U.S. Census Bureau