REPORT: Williamson Co. Among "Easiest Places to Live," Clay Co. KY Among Hardest
Updated: Sunday, June 29 2014, 06:44 PM CDT
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NASHVILLE, Tenn.-- According to a study released by the NY Times, Clay County and Eastern Kentucky is the "Hardest Place to Live" in the United States. Williamson County in Tennessee was among the "Easiest Places to Live."
The study ranked every county in the nation based on six factors: education, household income, unemployment, disability, life expectancy and obesity. While Clay county raked dead last, the report says "patterns of deprivation in eastern Kentucky extended well beyond one county." Clay county was also cited as having 12.7 percent unemployment, 11.7 percent on disability, an obesity rate of 22.8 percent and an average life-span of 71.4 years. In contrast, Los Alamos County -ranked the "easiest county to live," had only 3.5 percent unemployment and 0.3 percent on disability. Residents there also lived an average of 11 years longer.
As for Williamson County, 52% of residents had a degree, an average household income of $91K, an unemployment rate of 5.4% and a life expectancy of 81.4 years. They ranked 10th overall of 3,135 counties in the country. Wilson, Rutherford and Sumner counties all ranked high as well, coming in at 636, 682 and 716 in the nation respectively. Davidson was a bit above average with a ranking of 1,149.
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