Chester County Among Happiest Places In USA, Study Says
A recent survey analyzed the happiness of every county in the United States, and there’s good news for Chester County residents.
The county is the 4th happiest place in the entire nation, according to SmartAsset, the financial advising company that executed the research.
Chester County is the highest-income county in Pennsylvania, according to SmartAsset.
It boasts an income ratio of 2.3, which means the median income is more than twice the cost of living. In addition, Chester County has an average life expectancy over 80 years.
The happiest counties were shown to be on the East Coast; overall, 7 of the top 10 counties came from the Mid-Atlantic region.
SmartAsset utilized Census data from 2009 through 2014 and only considered towns with counties with more than 50,000 residents.
Their methodology focused on metrics like life expectancy, physical activity rate, income ratio, cost of living, living wage, and divorce rates and marriage rates.
It’s not the first time Chester County landed in the study’s top 10. In 2015, the same study named Chester County the 6th happiest place in the nation.
Neighboring Montgomery County was the only other county in Pennsylvania to sneak onto the top 25 list, coming in at 23.
Full details on the study, including methodology and rankings, can be found here.