2017 Best Counties to Live in America

Explore the best counties to live in the U.S. based on crime, public schools, cost of living, job opportunities, and local amenities. Ranking based on county data from the U.S. Census, FBI, BLS, CDC, and other sources.

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    Los Alamos County

    • County in New Mexico
    • 2 reviews
    Nearby Resident:I attend school at Los Alamos and I find it very refreshing up there in the mountain. There are a number of things to do in the area. I utilize the library, for movies and books; Smith's grocery store, has a Starbucks and sushi ; Supercuts for my kids haircuts; and Ashley Pond.

    If there would be an improvement in the area I would like to see a Taco Bell. When I am at school there isn't a local place to eat when you just want something affordable. A local catering company has recently been housed on campus but the price for coffee, pastries or meal is too high for most students on a budget. When I have class all day and one right after another I need something in walking distance, quick, and affordable.

    I enjoy the city. I live in San Ildefonso Pueblo down the hill from the town and it's nice to experience what the city has to offer. It is a twenty minute drive from home and with two kids it's great that it's close and I can get a lot done.
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    Howard County

    • County in Maryland
    • 72 reviews
    Current Resident:The most striking thing about Howard is how there is so much to do all the time for anyone! The number of activities for all age groups is staggering, so the area is great for children. Also, the diversity within Howard is exceptional, so it's easy to find a connection with a special group of people. Finally, the schools are also amazing from elementary to higher education, providing students with ample opportunities to learn and grow.
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    Hamilton County

    • County in Indiana
    • 1 review
    Current Resident:Hamilton county in Indiana is a quite, safe, and relaxing place to live. There are different areas where there are many different restaurants and flavors to try. Downtown Carmel is known at the Carmel Art District. You can find sculptures all around the city and try wonderful different types of food.
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    Johnson County

    • County in Kansas
    • 4 reviews
    Current Resident:I truly have enjoyed living in Johnson county. The roads are always well lit, the streets are always clean, and the crime rates are low. Compared to my temporary residence for college, Topeka, Johnson county gets a hundred stars. I also truly loved the school system, which is ranked pretty high. Overall, Johnson county is a great place to live and one in which I hope to make my future home after graduation.
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    Collin County

    • County in Texas
    • 26 reviews
    Current Resident:I have lived in Collin County for about two years now, and it is by far the best county I have lived in! A city in Collin County was even named as the 2nd best place to live in the United States!
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    Wake County

    • County in North Carolina
    • 2 reviews
    Current Resident:Wake County has a wide variety of opportunities for people of all ages. It has everything from schools, to jobs.
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    Orange County

    • County in North Carolina
    • 1 review
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    Williamson County

    • County in Tennessee
    • 114 reviews
    Niche User:The crime safety is almost too good. The police departments are huge. Chattanooga has twice the population of Franklin, but Franklin has more police officers! This is partly because Williamson County is the 13th wealthiest county in the entire nation. The sweet southern town has a good heart, but is a bit too strict. Don't speed or you will get a ticket, don't be driving around at 2 am or you will be pulled over and a suspect of DUI. This strict authority is necessary for keeping the streets as clean as they are.
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    Loudoun County

    • County in Virginia
    • 145 reviews
    Current Resident:Loudoun is known mostly for its historic buildings. You can notice the changing of colors in the leaves in every season. Surrounded by so many types of trees, so many types of wild animals, it is one of the best places to live!
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    Albemarle County

    • County in Virginia
    • 111 reviews
    Niche User:The school system is very good, and the apartments are quiet and peaceful. I have not had any problems with any neighbors. There are many good universities in Virginia, and in my area is near the University of Virginia. The problems in this include a rapid increase in residents, which has led to a high need of housing and problems with traffic. There have been renovations in shopping centers, including the addition of the Stonefield Shopping center, which leads to more jobs and shops, but is controversial in terms of environmental destruction. Overall, this area needs improvement in the managing of resident size and traffic, and there will be more construction in the future. But there is a vast amount of history and a lot of different small owned businesses, as well as a downtown center that is only a drive away that make up for the high population.
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    Washtenaw County

    • County in Michigan
    • 11 reviews
    Niche User:It's a very nice area with caring people and good opportunities. It is in it's own area so you aren't in a crowded city, but just a short drive can get you to a different atmosphere. I think that this community is becoming more liberal and I believe it will become more accepting of change over the years. I would definitely live here again and would rate this a 4/5.
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    Oconee County

    • County in Georgia
    • 1 review
    Current Resident:There are many many opportunities to get involved in the community. I have interacted with well over 50 local businesses, helped non-profits, and utilized the school's abundance of options. If myself as a senior in Highschool can be this involved, imagine what you, as a prospective business owner/homeowner/parent, can do!
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    Fairfax County

    • County in Virginia
    • 350 reviews
    Former Resident:Fairfax, VA is clean, safe, diverse, plenty of non-parallel parking, clean public parks and services, abundance of public bus transportations. One recommendation: less honking on the road and be more calm and connect with neighbors more through public events and fundraisers would be both rewarding and wonderful!
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    Delaware County

    • County in Ohio
    • 13 reviews
    Current Resident:My overall experience of Delaware, Ohio is a pretty good one. I have lived in this county for almost 13 years now, and I would not want to move! I love where my house is at because I do not believe that I have ever seen a prettier sunset. Also, the people are great here. They are friendly enough to talk to you if you want someone to talk to, but they do not care to get all up in your business.
    However, I would like to the the roads fixed up. There are cracks and other things, like trash on the sides of the roads, that just make everything look bummy.
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    Forsyth County

    • County in Georgia
    • 1 review
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    Montgomery County

    • County in Maryland
    • 71 reviews
    Current Resident:I live in Montgomery County, MD. I like the area but I feel like it is a very expensive place to live on your own and are making at least 50,000 or more a year and you want to buy your own house. The cost of living in this county is expensive but if you work hard you should live comfortably. This county has excellent public and private schools, very well safety, family friendly, the diversity is widespread. There are definitely a lot of job opportunities. There is a lot of activities you can do here for kids and adults.
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    Fayette County

    • County in Georgia
    • 85 reviews
    Current Resident:Fayetteville is a great town that offers a lot of excitementMy parents had five kids, including me, and we moved to Fayetteville specifically for the school system. It is lacking in the department of things to do, especially for teenagers and young adults. Luckily, the exciting city of Atlanta is less than 45 minutes away. The weather is usually really nice and there are a lot of sport opportunities like soccer, baseball, lacrosse, and swimming teams right inside the town. It's a great town to move to if you have kids or plan on having kids. Although it is a little dull for teenagers, whether its hanging out at Chick-Fil-A or skating at Dazzles, we always manage to find something to do!
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    Fort Bend County

    • County in Texas
    • 7 reviews
    Current Resident:I first moved to Fort Bend in 2000 at age 13. While I wasn't comfortable at first, and I've grown to love it, and Ft. Bend county has truly become my home. The weather is still the worst-- it was 81 on Christmas Day-- but after learning how to figure out the commute times and traffic patterns, it isn't an impossibility to get around anymore. I have also come to appreciate the beauty that Sugar Land, Richmond, Rosenberg, and the neighborhoods therein have to offer anyone looking to move here. We have some of the best schools with Fort Bend ISD and Lamar ISD, we have some great community parks (like Oyster Creek Park), we have great restaurants, community centers like Town Square or Brazos Town Square, and overall our cost of living is low compared to available income.

    We have just built a brand new performing arts center, the Smart Financial Center, right in Sugar Land. It will be bringing in some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry in the upcoming years.
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    Carver County

    • County in Minnesota
    • 2 reviews
    Current Resident:My family moved here over twenty years ago, back when it was nearly all farmland! As the years went by, and as it became more and more urbanized, it has become a major place to live within Minnesota. Something new is always being built, yet it still has the surrounding towns have the "small town" feel to them. Although it is becoming very expensive to live there, Carver County is full of future potential for both domestic and industrial atmospheres!
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    Ozaukee County

    • County in Wisconsin
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    York County

    • County in Virginia
    • 198 reviews
    Current Resident:There are a number of wonderful historical sites throughout the county. Yorktown battlefields are scattered along the beach and nearby area. Being located close to Williamsburg and Jamestown, which both have museums and maintained historical sites open to the public, York County has a rich past for those interested in the country's story.
    York County consists mainly of residential/suburb neighborhoods with various "strip mall" type layout of shops for shopping needs. Public schools are the best in the surrounding area. Cost of living is slightly higher than surrounding area (Hampton, Newport News). There are three high schools for the county: York, Tabb and Grafton. I personally have attended Tabb and Grafton.
    Growing up with a parent in the Armed Services, I've seen my share of other school systems in the U.S. and York County has by far been my favorite.
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    Cobb County

    • County in Georgia
    • 6 reviews
    Current Resident:I have lived in the same house in Kennesaw for all 17 years of my life. All the while sometimes I wish it were quieter or more of a tourist area, overall, it's the perfect blend between the two. Our schools in the area are top notch and are always looking to improve. We also have many different shops, grocers, and other stores around the area to suit everyone's needs. Although this area used to be more rural and quiet, it has quickly become a small hub for growing families amongst others looking for job opportunities.
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    Riley County

    • County in Kansas
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    DuPage County

    • County in Illinois