I've lived in VT for just over ten years, first in the Brattleboro area, and now in the Burlington area.
Burlington is pretty crunchy in a wealthiest-town-in-the-state sort of way. When I moved here I was amazed at my huge range of choices for farmers' markets, organic foods, and local everything --- but I felt pressured to shave my legs and wear shirts other than plaid flannel for the first time since moving to VT. Also I had a hard time hooking into a community here; I found there was a lot of pressure to toe the party line. So for example, I'm very very crunchy-liberal but also pro-vaccine and Christian, and in hanging out with other crunchy liberals in Burlington I often felt as if I wasn't accepted, like I had to be the ALL LIBERAL ALL THE TIME channel and if I wasn't into homeopathy I didn't belong.
I find other parts of the state much crunchier in a lower-key, less judgmental sort of way; Brattleboro (for example) gives you one only option for a farmer's market and only one option for a natural foods store, but it's much less appearance oriented and much more community oriented. No one told me I was a bad hippie for being a Christian. I didn't have to shave my legs. I met folks at the local bookstore and got invited to their house for folk music jam sessions. When I had a chimney fire in my wood-heated cabin with no running water or electricity my neighbors didn't blink an eye and just loaned me their chimney brush.
Anyway, I'm trying to conceive in the Burlington area and had no trouble finding a home birth midwife when I was ready to schedule a pre-conception visit. Most insurances cover home birth (mine doesn't, but my midwife offers folks in my boat a discount). I haven't found it hard to find a sympathetic provider.
As far as the circ rate, we have a large number of Muslim refugees --- we have one of the highest refugee populations in New England overall, I think --- and I wonder whether that skews the circ rate up. Also, as noted, rural areas are often much more conservative, and Fletcher Allen hospital has a HUGE watershed, collecting births from miles around. That'd also skew the circ rate up (if circ rate is going to be used as a measure for being a liberal town, which I think is a pretty poor metric, even though I wouldn't circ my kid either). In the end that sort of diversity is, I think, part of what makes Burlington a BETTER place to live . . .
. . . but maybe I'm just being a bad hippie again. ;-)