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“Happiest Places in America”: Northern Virginia Tops the List

Happy FaceTwo 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.

SmartAsset used counties with populations of 50,000 or more.  The study used eight factors, including marriage rate, income ratio, life expectancy and physical activity rate. It also took into account the poverty  and unemployment rates, as well as divorce and personal bankruptcy rates.

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