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JoCo 11th ‘easiest’ place to live in America

Johnson County is one of the easiest places to live in the United States, according to a New York Times study released this week. The study ranked the nation’s 3,135 counties based on six criteria: education, unemployment rate, median household income, disability rate, life expectancy and obesity. In short, the study identified counties that are healthy and wealthy or struggling with unemployment and obesity.

Johnson County ranks 11th, much higher than neighboring counties. Wyandotte County ranked 2,361 and Jackson County ranked 1,570.

Education and median household income set JoCo apart from its neighbors. In Johnson County, more than 50 percent of residents have at least a bachelor’s degree and the median income is more than $75,000.

The easiest place to live? Los Alamos County New Mexico. The hardest? Clay County, Kentucky, where only 7.4 percent have earned a Bachelor’s degree and the unemployment rate is 12.7.

See the complete article in The New York Times here.