Top Ten Counties in America

By:   Movoto Real Estate

Mount Vernon, Source: Flicker user Rob Shenk from story by Movoto Real Estate

Loudoun County, VA
Douglas County, CO

Fairfax County, VA

Chester County, PA
Somerset County, NJ
Morris County, NJ
Washington County, MN
Montgomery County, MD
Frederick County, MD
Rockingham County, NH

How the Ranking Was Created
Using the 2010 Census, of all counties in the U.S. that had available data (640) in the following areas:

  • Unemployment rate (the lower the better)
  • Median household income (the higher the better)
  • Median rent (the higher the better, to indicate area’s desirability)
  • Median home price (the higher the better, to indicate desirability)
  • Percent of families below the poverty line (the lower the better)
    • High School Graduation Rate, (the higher the better)

Each county was ranked 1 to 640 with scores closer to one being the better. Then, each county’s ranking was averaged into one final or BIG DEAL SCORE, the lowest Score number being the winner.

Fairfax County
The scores for Fairfax County (1,086,743 people) were pretty good across the board. However, there were a few standout rankings. Fairfax ranked with the second-highest household income at $103,010.  The community of Annandale, within Fairfax County, helped push that overall ranking with an household income of $112,310.   

Fairfax also ranked with the highest median rent, 12th fewest number of families below the poverty line, and an unemployment rate under six percent which booting the score.  It’s also probably worth mentioning that 10 Fortune 500 companies are based in Fairfax.


Annandale:  Fourth Best Town in Virginia








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