How abnormal is Vermont's Democratic lean considering its rurality?

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I am curious about the urban-rural divide. While looking into this, I found Vermont. This state is over 90% white and rural yet somehow generally votes Democratic and even houses an Independent senator who is seen as the founding father of the American progressive movement.

Exhibit A:
(Source: FiveThirtyEight)

This does not look at population density directly, but it looks at closeness of residents of a state. As I can see, there is only one other state remotely like it: Maine. Even that one voted Democratic by less than five points. I am not focusing on the racial demographics (white people in urban areas also tend to support Democrats), but I am focusing on the population density angle specifically in the US in the 2016 election. Are there any other places like it outside of New England in America?

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