Montgomery County ranks among the best places to live in the United States, according to a recently released report from 24/7 Wall St, writes Samuel Stebbins for the 27/7 Wall St.
The county placed at No. 54 on the list that ranks places based on life expectancy at birth, poverty rate, and the number of adults with a bachelor’s degree.
One of the reasons for this high rank of best places to live is the relative absence of poverty in Montgomery County. Only 5.9 percent of residents live below the poverty line, which is significantly lower than the 13.4 percent of the country’s population.
The low poverty rate is in part due to the strong job market. As of January 2021, just 6.2 percent of the county’s labor force was out of work, compared to the 6.8 percent national unemployment rate.
Places with lower poverty also have higher than average life expectancies because residents with greater financial security can more easily afford adequate health care and healthier lifestyle options.
As a result, life expectancy at birth in Montgomery County is 80.9 years, which is around two years higher than the national average.
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