Most desirable living environment

  • This map shows the counties of the United States where the natural environment is most desirable to live in.
  • The scale was constructed by combining six measures of climate, topography, and water area that reflect environmental qualities most people prefer. These measures are warm winter, winter sun, temperate summer, low summer humidity, topographic variation, and water area. The data are available for counties in the lower 48 States.
  • This map does not take into account human factors such as education, health, crime, economic development or poverty. Also not taken into account are specific landforms and attractions
  • Thanks to David McGranahan of the USDA for compiling the data.

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