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Report: Kane County Among Better Places to Live in United States

Do you think Kane County deserves to be ranked among the better places to live in the United States? Why or why not?


When it comes to the hardest places to live in the United States, Kane County residents struggle less with health and wealth than most. 

A New York Times article this week looked at the following data from counties across the United States to determine which counties were the hardest places to live: 
  • Median household income
  • Education (percentage of residents with at least a bachelor’s degree)
  • Disability rate
  • Life expectancy
  • Unemployment rate
  • Obesity
The newspaper then gave a ranking to the counties based on those factors. Kane County received a rank of 416 out of 3,135 total counties, according to the New York Times data map. 

And while the county is doing better than most, it's not doing quite as well, overall, as other suburban counties, such as, DuPage County, which received a rank of of 69; Lake County, which received a rank of 181; and McHenry County, which received a rank of 192, according to the New York Times. 

Here is a look at the data the New York Times factored in when determining Kane County's ranking: 
  • The median income in Kane County: $68,674
  • Percent with college education: 31.9 percent
  • Unemployment: 8.8 percent
  • Disability: .5 percent
  • Life expectancy: 80.6 years
  • Obesity 37 percent
In comparison, the hardest place to live was Clay County, Kent., where the median income is $22,296, 7.4 percent of residents have a college education and the life expectancy is 71.4 years, according to the New York Times data map. 

Read the full article and find out how other counties rank on the New York Times website.


frank p June 30, 2014 at 12:52 PM
freedom of choice people, if the area is so bad get off the patch and move. If you think the taxes are too high for what you get, try to change it or move. If you're unhappy with the portions at resturants for what you get, move somewhere closer to an all you can eat buffet. One thing that won't improve anything is whining about how bad you have it on the patch. You have it pretty good in this cozy safe suburb, if thats not to your liking just do the rest of us a favor and relocate to a richer suburb where i'm sure they have nice low taxes but great services.
Mike June 30, 2014 at 05:20 PM
mcf, I know Geneva doesn't meet the retired teacher's standard of luxury. Most of them take their fat lifetime pensions and retire to their lake homes!
mcf July 01, 2014 at 08:47 AM
Now That's What I'm Talking About!! LOL And They Should!! Have A Nice Summer Day!! LOL
Mike July 01, 2014 at 09:01 AM
Ha, I know - well I'm off to work. Gotta keep those fat cats fat!
Mike July 01, 2014 at 09:03 AM
(don't have summers off, you know)

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