Morris County: ‘We’re No. 6!’ according to national ranking

The season's first real snowfall blankets the Morristown Green. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

The Morristown Green, December 2013.  Morris County is the 6th Best County in the US, according to a realtor’s national survey. Photo by Kevin Coughlin


The bad news: Morris County is expensive.

The good news: That makes us the sixth-best place to live in the United States!

That’s according to the Movoto Real Estate Blog, by a San Mateo, CA-based realty brokerage firm that factors in median household income, median rent, unemployment, percentage of residents below the poverty line, and high school graduation rates. Data was available from 640 counties nationwide.  Somerset County ranked just ahead of Morris, at No. 5.

Here are the survey’s Top 10 counties:

1. Loudoun County, VA
2. Douglas County, CO
3. Fairfax County, VA
4. Chester County, PA
5. Somerset County, NJ
6. Morris County, NJ
7. Washington County, MN
8. Montgomery County, MD
9. Frederick County, MD
10. Rockingham County, NH

Bergen, Monmouth and Burlington counties made the Top 50.

Here’s what the survey said about Morris:

It should be mentioned that the unemployment here was a little higher, at over seven percent, but the rest of the numbers certainly made up for it, plus that’s still very low unemployment.

This home to 492,694 had the sixth highest household income, a stunning $91,469, and the 16th lowest poverty, making it a good place live comfortably financially. Of course, if you’re looking to start a family or have children that need a solid education, you could do a lot worse. The high school graduation rate was over 93 percent, so prepare to gain a little in the smarts department if you decide to move here.


HUZZAH! National Park Service re-enactor Tom Winslow, pictured at Washington's Headquarters in 2012, will be reading the Declaration of Independence on the Morristown Green in 2013. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

WE’RE NO. 6!  Morris County makes Top 10 Best Counties List. National Park Service re-enactor Tom Winslow is pictured at Washington’s Headquarters in Morristown in 2012. Photo by Kevin Coughlin


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