2016 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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Viewing 1-25 of 100
  1. 1

    Los Alamos

    • County in New Mexico
    • 2 reviews
  2. 2

    Arlington

    • County in Virginia
    • 3 reviews
  3. 3

    Johnson

    • County in Kansas
    • 3 reviews
  4. 4

    Hamilton

    • County in Indiana
  5. 5

    Story

    • County in Iowa
  6. 6

    Johnson

    • County in Iowa
  7. 7

    Boulder

    • County in Colorado
    • 15 reviews
  8. 8

    Albemarle

    • County in Virginia
    • 110 reviews
  9. 9

    Collin

    • County in Texas
    • 26 reviews
  10. 10

    Olmsted

    • County in Minnesota
    • 2 reviews
  11. 11

    Dickey

    • County in North Dakota
  12. 12

    Hennepin

    • County in Minnesota
  13. 13

    Douglas

    • County in Kansas
  14. 14

    Travis

    • County in Texas
    • 47 reviews
    Niche User:Everyone knows each other in Manor and therefore when things are suspicious we notice or inform others. The city is very safe and you never hear about any crime in this area.
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  15. 15

    Boone

    • County in Missouri
    • 11 reviews
  16. 16

    Washtenaw

    • County in Michigan
    • 11 reviews
  17. 17

    Howard

    • County in Maryland
    • 69 reviews
    Niche User:Crimes do not occur here, except for small petty ones like petty theft. Those who do get stolen from do not have a major break in, usually they just forget to lock their doors (for their house or car). However, farther away from town it is very safe, yet if something happened, we can rely on the police to show up in a quick manner.
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  18. 18

    Fairfax

    • County in Virginia
    • 331 reviews
    Niche User:Since living here, I have never felt unsafe not even once. I can always see our policemen out on the streets looking for things to help with and for what I've seen they are always really responsive.
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  19. 19

    Denver

    • County in Colorado
    • 7 reviews
  20. 20

    Carver

    • County in Minnesota
    • 2 reviews
  21. 21

    Orange

    • County in North Carolina
  22. 22

    Dallas

    • County in Iowa
  23. 23

    San Francisco

    • County in California
    • 2 reviews
  24. 24

    Oconee

    • County in Georgia
    • 1 review
  25. 25

    Douglas

    • County in Colorado