Two counties in Northern Virginia have been rated among the ten “Happiest Places in America,” in a recent study by SmartAsset, a financial technology company. Loudoun County was ranked #1 for the second year in a row, based on these factors: 1) the unemployment and poverty rates are both under 4% and 2) Loudoun’s income ratio is over 2.5%, which means that the median income is more than twice the cost of living. Nearby Fairfax County came in #2 this year, up from #3 last year. It was one of just three counties studied that had a life expectancy over 83 years. The median income in Fairfax County is high, at $100,584, which is a little under twice the national median income.
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