Cutthroat Troutthe greenback subspecies named official state fish of Colorado in 1994The Cutthroat (Oncorhynchus clarki) deserves to be state fish, as it is the only trout that is native
City pride is most certainly a thing, and most people across the country are not afraid to show theirs. But, thanks to this list of incredible counties, a new kind of pride is about to become very real, as well.
"We looked at 640 counties across the US in order to create this ranking," Movoto's editorial content manager Randy Nelson told The Huffington Post. "We scored each in terms of unemployment, median household income, median rent and home price (higher being more desirable), precent of families below the poverty line and high school graduation rate. The average of these scores was used to determine the best counties, the higher the better."
And based on their impressively high scores, Nelson insists these areas have "earned the right to be called the best in the nation."
So if you're looking for a place where you can let your county pride flag fly, check out the list below (and perhaps consider heading to the East Coast)...
Rockingham County, New Hampshire GettyPopulation: 295,360
Highlights: High median household income and high school graduation rates, incredibly low poverty rate
Frederick County, Maryland GettyPopulation: 234,122
Highlights: Low poverty rate, high median household income, impressive nature and thriving cities in the local surroundings
Montgomery County, Maryland GettyPopulation: 976,203
Highlights: Low unemployment and poverty rates, high median household income and high rates of high school graduation as well as rates of students who enroll in postgraduate degrees
Washington County, Minnesota Flickr / Doug WallickPopulation: 238,844
Highlights: High rates of high school graduation as well as rates of students who enroll in postgraduate degrees, affordable home prices and high median household income
Morris County, New Jersey Flickr / DougtonePopulation: 492,694
Highlights: High median household income, low poverty rates, high rates of high school graduation
Somerset County, New Jersey Flcikr / Dendroica CeruleaPopulation: 324,194
Highlights: High median household income, low poverty rate, one of America's oldest counties
Chester County, Pennsylvania GettyPopulation: 499,797
Highlights: High median household income, low poverty and unemployment rates, several state parks in the immediate vicinity
Fairfax County, Virginia GettyPopulation: 1,086,743
Highlights: High median household income, low unemployment rate, numerous Fortune 500 companies based in the area
Douglas County, Colorado GettyPopulation: 287,003
Highlights: Highest graduation rate, lowest poverty rate of all the counties considered
Loudoun County, Virginia Flickr / Kate AllenPopulation: 315,134
Highlights: Highest median household income of all the counties considered, incredibly low unemployment and poverty rates, impressive desirability in the housing market