Barre is the self proclaimed Granite Center of the World. "Barre Gray" granite is sought after worldwide for its fine grain, even texture, and superior weather resistance. Many sculpture artists prefer it for outdoor sculpture.
Barre is a great place to live. The convenient downtown shopping, wide array of recreation opportunities, great schools, and diverse housing opportunities provide something for everyone.
Rental housing is available at all levels and home buyers can select from new homes in modern subdivisions to older classic homes in the established city neighborhoods. There are a wide assortment of duplexes and three-family unit buildings for those wanting to live in one unit and have rental income from other units
The Barre Civic Center consists of the three story Alumni Hall Complex, a 10,000 sq ft gymnasium in the historic Barre Municipal Auditorium, and the 21,500 sq ft BOR Arena. The Civic Center plays host to the Vermont Farm Show, the Vermont Principal's Association Division II, III, IV Basketball Championships, Greater Barre Crafter's Guild Craft Fair, Barre Fish and Game Club Gun Show, and many other local and regionally significant events.