When you count them all up, there are more than 3,000 counties (or county equivalents) in the United States - 3,142 to be exact.

So landing on a list of "America's Best 25 Counties to Live In" is something of an accomplishment.

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A recent survey placed exactly one Michigan county among the nation's Top 25, based on a variety of criteria including its public schools, housing, nightlife, diversity, and employment statistics.

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Which county do you think it was?

We can probably cross Wayne County off right away, right? Detroit's home county is not viewed by many as a desirable place to choose to live.

And if employment statistics are being considered, that probably also rules out Flint's Genesee County and a slew of others.

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According to Niche, Michigan's best county to live in (and the 22nd-best nationwide) is Washtenaw County, home to Ann Arbor.

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Washtenaw County's high marks were fueled by "A+" ratings for its public schools and health and fitness scores. Washtenaw also rated well for its suitability for families - 1st among Michigan counties, and 35th overall in the nation.

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Washtenaw County got "A" or "A-" ratings for its nightlife, diversity, average commute times, jobs and outdoor activities. Housing got a "B+", while cost of living rated a "C" (not surprisingly). Washtenaw's lowest score was its "C-" for weather.

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For comparison's sake, the nation's highest rated county was Los Alamos County in New Mexico. Located to the northwest of Santa Fe, Los Alamos County saw mostly "A" and "A+" ratings across the considered categories.

Other counties in the Great Lakes region that performed well include Hamilton County, Indiana (north of Indianapolis) at #6, DuPage County, Illinois (west of Chicago) at #8, and Ozaukee County, Wisconsin (north of Milwaukee) at #24.

Most of Niche's Top 25 Best Counties to Live In for 2023 were in the Mid-Atlantic or the South. No county further west than Los Alamos County, New Mexico, made the list.

Want to take a deeper dive into the rankings? You can do that here.

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