2016 Counties with the Best Public Schools in America

Explore the counties with the best public schools based on state test scores, graduation rates, SAT/ACT scores, teacher quality, and student and parent reviews. This data is represented as a weighted average of the Niche Grades of area schools.

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  1. 1

    Arlington

    • County in Virginia
    • 3 reviews
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    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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    Montgomery

    • County in Maryland
    • 71 reviews
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    Hunterdon

    • County in New Jersey
    • 1 review
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    Collin

    • County in Texas
    • 26 reviews
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    Hamilton

    • County in Indiana
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    Loudoun

    • County in Virginia
    • 142 reviews
    Niche User:This area is beautiful, with rolling hills and vineyards and horse farms everywhere. The cost of living is elevated because of the mean income level of residents, but the beauty of the place is so worth it.
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  8. 9

    Johnson

    • County in Kansas
    • 3 reviews
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    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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    Albemarle

    • County in Virginia
    • 110 reviews
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    DuPage

    • County in Illinois
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    Delaware

    • County in Ohio
    • 11 reviews
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    Chester

    • County in Pennsylvania
    • 5 reviews
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    Kendall

    • County in Texas
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    Oconee

    • County in Georgia
    • 1 review
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    Gilpin

    • County in Colorado
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    Forsyth

    • County in Georgia
    • 1 review
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    Montgomery

    • County in Pennsylvania
    • 1 review
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    Johnson

    • County in Iowa
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    Somerset

    • County in New Jersey
    • 6 reviews
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    Williamson

    • County in Tennessee
    • 114 reviews
    Parent:People in my area (out of town-country) have lived here mostly for as long or longer than I have. As for the actual community of Nolensville, there are many new people who have lived here for 5 years or less. They continue to build houses, and people continue to move here. I wish that it would stop now!!
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  22. 23

    Carver

    • County in Minnesota
    • 2 reviews
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    Morris

    • County in New Jersey
    • 4 reviews
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    Union

    • County in Ohio