Movoto names Somerset fifth best county in US
Movoto, a real estate portal that aggregates listings from multiple listing services throughout the United States, recently studied named Somerset County as the fifth best county to live in and Morris County as the sixth best county to live in.
SOMERVILLE – Movoto, a real estate portal that aggregates listings from multiple listing services throughout the United States, recently studied nationwide and named Somerset County as the fifth best county to live in and Morris County as the sixth best county to live in.
The results of the study were announced last week on Movoto.com’s real estate blog. Somerset is listed after only Loudoun County, Va.; Douglas County, Colo.; Fairfax, Va.; and Chester County, Pa.
The initial study narrowed the list to 640 counties, for which Movoto.com analyzed certain demographic information — unemployment rate, median household income, median rent, median home price, high school graduation rate and percent of families below the poverty line — using the 2010 Census. The study weighted high median home prices and high median rents as most favorable, to show the desirability and demand, rather than rate them for affordability.
“One of America’s oldest counties, this place is just pretty much amazing,” the Movoto.com blog enthuses about Somerset County. “There’s beauty, friendliness, and a ton to see and do. Of course, this place also had some serious stats saying that this is an ideal county for anyone to call home.” Among those attributes are the fourth-highest median household income and the fourth-lowest poverty level among counties on the Movoto.com list.
“It’s terrific that this independent ranking has confirmed what we know about Somerset County — that it’s a great place to live, work, raise a family and have fun,” said Freeholder Director Patrick Scaglione. “With so many intelligent, highly educated workers, we attract a lot quality employers. And we try to take care of our own, which I think contributes to the low poverty rate.”
“Somerset County’s diversity, housing options, recreational opportunities and business climate have remained its strengths even during challenging economic times,” he added. “This ranking is a nice boost to our county’s long-held reputation for excellence.”