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Joe Mabel // Wikicommons

Counties with the best public schools in every state

Everyone stresses the importance of receiving a good education from a young age. Oftentimes, the quality of the schools in the area is a significant factor to consider when a family chooses to move to a new place. Because the prices for private school tuition keep rising, many families tend to enroll their kids in a public school. Certain public schools are better than others; however, certain counties have better public schools to choose from.

In order to alleviate some of the stress of choosing a new location to settle down in, Stacker looked at data from Niche’s 2018 Counties with the Best Public Schools in America list to determine which county in every state has the best public schools. Niche used a combination of graduation rates, standardized and state test scores, quality of teachers, and reviews from parents and students to rank each public school in a county and then aggregated those rankings to give a final ranking for each county. Niche’s full methodology can be found here.

Stacker compiled a list of 50 counties—one from every state in alphabetical order—with at least 10,000 residents. Included in the list besides a grade for public schools are the county’s population, as well as grades for cost of living, diversity, crime and safety in the area, outdoor activities, commuting, and an overall Niche grade.

Finding the best quality of education can be a tedious task; Stacker is here to help you alleviate some of that stress with our analysis. 

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Kevin Dooley // Flickr

Wyoming: Sheridan County

Population: 29,924
Overall Niche grade: A-
Public schools grade: A+
Cost of living grade: C
Diversity grade: C+
Crime & safety grade: B
Outdoor activities grade: B+
Commute grade: A

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GoodFreePhotos

Wisconsin: Ozaukee County

Population: 87,625
Overall Niche grade: A+
Public schools grade: A+
Cost of living grade: B
Diversity grade: C+
Crime & safety grade: B+
Outdoor activities grade: A-
Commute grade: B

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Ryan Stanton // Flickr

West Virginia: Ohio County

Population: 43,257
Overall Niche grade: A
Public schools grade: A
Cost of living grade: A-
Diversity grade: C+
Crime & safety grade: C+
Outdoor activities grade: B+
Commute grade: A-

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Joe Mabel // Wikicommons

Washington: King County

Population: 2,079,550
Overall Niche grade: A
Public schools grade: A
Cost of living grade: D
Diversity grade: A
Crime & safety grade: C
Outdoor activities grade: A
Commute grade: B

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Wikipedia

Virginia: Loudoun County

Population: 362,435
Overall Niche grade: A+
Public schools grade: A+
Cost of living grade: C
Diversity grade: A
Crime & safety grade: B+
Outdoor activities grade: A-
Commute grade: C+

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Beyond My Ken // Wikicommons

Vermont: Chittenden County

Population: 160,510
Overall Niche grade: A
Public schools grade: A
Cost of living grade: C-
Diversity grade: B-
Crime & safety grade: B+
Outdoor activities grade: A
Commute grade: A-

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Tricia Simpson // Wikicommons

Utah: Summit County

Population: 39,009
Overall Niche grade: A+
Public schools grade: A
Cost of living grade: D+
Diversity grade: B-
Crime & safety grade: A+
Outdoor activities grade: A
Commute grade: B+

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Patrick Feller // Flickr

Texas: Collin County

Population: 886,633
Overall Niche grade: A+
Public schools grade: A+
Cost of living grade: C+
Diversity grade: A
Crime & safety grade: B
Outdoor activities grade: B-
Commute grade: C+

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Concord715 // Wikicommons

Tennessee: Williamson County

Population: 205,645
Overall Niche grade: A+
Public schools grade: A+
Cost of living grade: B-
Diversity grade: B-
Crime & safety grade: B+
Outdoor activities grade: B+
Commute grade: C+

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Jon Platek // Wikicommons

South Dakota: Brookings County

Population: 33,435
Overall Niche grade: A+
Public schools grade: A-
Cost of living grade: B+
Diversity grade: C+
Crime & safety grade: B+
Outdoor activities grade: B+
Commute grade: A

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Connor401 // Wikicommons

South Carolina: York County

Population: 245,606
Overall Niche grade: A
Public schools grade: A
Cost of living grade: B
Diversity grade: A-
Crime & safety grade: C+
Outdoor activities grade: A-
Commute grade: B-

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Marcbela // Wikicommons

Rhode Island: Bristol County

Population: 49,228
Overall Niche grade: A
Public schools grade: A
Cost of living grade: C-
Diversity grade: C+
Crime & safety grade: A-
Outdoor activities grade: A
Commute grade: B

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Wikipedia

Pennsylvania: Montgomery County

Population: 815,876
Overall Niche grade: A+
Public schools grade: A+
Cost of living grade: C-
Diversity grade: B+
Crime & safety grade: B
Outdoor activities grade: A
Commute grade: B

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Joe Mabel // Wikicommons

Oregon: Benton County

Population: 87,455
Overall Niche grade: A+
Public schools grade: A
Cost of living grade: C-
Diversity grade: B
Crime & safety grade: B
Outdoor activities grade: A
Commute grade: A

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Keith8404 // Wikicommons

Oklahoma: Payne County

Population: 79,953
Overall Niche grade: A+
Public schools grade: A+
Cost of living grade: B
Diversity grade: N/A
Crime & safety grade: B-
Outdoor activities grade: C
Commute grade: A

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Ron Reiring // Wikicommons

Ohio: Delaware County

Population: 188,996
Overall Niche grade: A+
Public schools grade: A+
Cost of living grade: B-
Diversity grade: B-
Crime & safety grade: B+
Outdoor activities grade: A-
Commute grade: C+

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Wikipedia

North Dakota: Grand Forks County

Population: 69,793
Overall Niche grade: A
Public schools grade: A
Cost of living grade: B
Diversity grade: B-
Crime & safety grade: B-
Outdoor activities grade: B-
Commute grade: A

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James Willamor // Wikicommons

North Carolina: Orange County

Population: 139,807
Overall Niche grade: A+
Public schools grade: A+
Cost of living grade: C+
Diversity grade: A
Crime & safety grade: B-
Outdoor activities grade: B+
Commute grade: A-

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Steve Carrea // Wikicommons

New York: Westchester County

Population: 969,229
Overall Niche grade: A
Public schools grade: A+
Cost of living grade: D-
Diversity grade: A
Crime & safety grade: B-
Outdoor activities grade: A
Commute grade: B-

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AllenS // Wikicommons

New Mexico: Los Alamos County

Population: 17,895
Overall Niche grade: A+
Public schools grade: A+
Cost of living grade: C+
Diversity grade: B+
Crime & safety grade: A-
Outdoor activities grade: A-
Commute grade: A+

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Lalmeister // Wikicommons

New Jersey: Morris County

Population: 498,215
Overall Niche grade: A+
Public schools grade: A+
Cost of living grade: D+
Diversity grade: B+
Crime & safety grade: B+
Outdoor activities grade: A-
Commute grade: B-

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Doug Kerr // Flickr

New Hampshire : Grafton County

Population: 89,164
Overall Niche grade: A-
Public schools grade: A-
Cost of living grade: C
Diversity grade: B-
Crime & safety grade: B
Outdoor activities grade: A
Commute grade: A-

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Ken Lund // Wikicommons

Nevada: Douglas County

Population: 47,426
Overall Niche grade: B+
Public schools grade: A
Cost of living grade: C-
Diversity grade: B
Crime & safety grade: N/A
Outdoor activities grade: A
Commute grade: B

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Hanyou23 // Wikicommons

Nebraska: Lancaster County

Population: 301,707
Overall Niche grade: A+
Public schools grade: A+
Cost of living grade: B
Diversity grade: B
Crime & safety grade: C+
Outdoor activities grade: B+
Commute grade: A

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Prizrak 2084 // Wikicommons

Montana: Missoula County

Population: 113,101
Overall Niche grade: A-
Public schools grade: B+
Cost of living grade: C-
Diversity grade: B-
Crime & safety grade: C+
Outdoor activities grade: B+
Commute grade: A

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Mwkruse // Wikicommons

Missouri: Platte County

Population: 94,970
Overall Niche grade: A+
Public schools grade: A+
Cost of living grade: B
Diversity grade: B
Crime & safety grade: B
Outdoor activities grade: B+
Commute grade: B

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BobCummings // Wikicommons

Mississippi: Lafayette County

Population: 52,193
Overall Niche grade: A+
Public schools grade: A
Cost of living grade: B
Diversity grade: B+
Crime & safety grade: B-
Outdoor activities grade: B+
Commute grade: A

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Dwight Burdette // Wikicommons

Minnesota: Carver County

Population: 97,143
Overall Niche grade: A+
Public schools grade: A+
Cost of living grade: B
Diversity grade: B-
Crime & safety grade: B+
Outdoor activities grade: A
Commute grade: B

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Traveler100 // Wikicommons

Michigan: Washtenaw County

Population: 358,082
Overall Niche grade: A+
Public schools grade: A+
Cost of living grade: B-
Diversity grade: A-
Crime & safety grade: B
Outdoor activities grade: A
Commute grade: A-

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John Phelan // Wikicommons

Massachusetts: Norfolk County

Population: 691,218
Overall Niche grade: A+
Public schools grade: A+
Cost of living grade: C-
Diversity grade: B+
Crime & safety grade: B
Outdoor activities grade: A
Commute grade: B-

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Author Mike Haw from Hyattsville, MD, USA // Wikicommons

Maryland: Howard County

Population: 308,447
Overall Niche grade: A+
Public schools grade: A+
Cost of living grade: C
Diversity grade: A
Crime & safety grade: N/A
Outdoor activities grade: A-
Commute grade: C+

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Lee Coursey // Wikicommons

Maine: Hancock County

Population: 54,483
Overall Niche grade: B+
Public schools grade: A-
Cost of living grade: C+
Diversity grade: C
Crime & safety grade: B+
Outdoor activities grade: A-
Commute grade: B+

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Spatms // Wikicommons

Louisiana: St. Charles Parish

Population: 52,708
Overall Niche grade: A
Public schools grade: A+
Cost of living grade: B
Diversity grade: A-
Crime & safety grade: N/A
Outdoor activities grade: B
Commute grade: C+

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Nyttend // Wikicommons

Kentucky: Calloway County

Population: 38,302
Overall Niche grade: A
Public schools grade: A+
Cost of living grade: B+
Diversity grade: C+
Crime & safety grade: B-
Outdoor activities grade: B
Commute grade: A

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Ichabod // Wikicommons

Kansas: Johnson County

Population: 572,428
Overall Niche grade: A+
Public schools grade: A+
Cost of living grade: B
Diversity grade: B
Crime & safety grade: B
Outdoor activities grade: A-
Commute grade: B

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Ashton B Crew // Wikicommons

Iowa: Story County

Population: 94,834
Overall Niche grade: A+
Public schools grade: A+
Cost of living grade: B
Diversity grade: B-
Crime & safety grade: B
Outdoor activities grade: B-
Commute grade: A

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Carmel,Indiana // Wikicommons

Indiana: Hamilton County

Population: 303,042
Overall Niche grade: A+
Public schools grade: A+
Cost of living grade: B
Diversity grade: B
Crime & safety grade: A-
Outdoor activities grade: B+
Commute grade: B-

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Kseferovic // Wikicommons

Illinois: DuPage County

Population: 930,514
Overall Niche grade: A+
Public schools grade: A+
Cost of living grade: C+
Diversity grade: A-
Crime & safety grade: B+
Outdoor activities grade: A-
Commute grade: B-

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Acroterion // Wikicommons

Idaho: Blaine County

Population: 21,427
Overall Niche grade: A
Public schools grade: A
Cost of living grade: D+
Diversity grade: B+
Crime & safety grade: B+
Outdoor activities grade: B
Commute grade: A

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ErgoSum88 // Wikicommons

Hawaii: Honolulu County

Population: 986,999
Overall Niche grade: B-
Public schools grade: B-
Cost of living grade: D-
Diversity grade: N/A
Crime & safety grade: N/A
Outdoor activities grade: C
Commute grade: B

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Thomson200 // Wikicommons

Georgia: Forsyth County

Population: 203,841
Overall Niche grade: A+
Public schools grade: A+
Cost of living grade: B-
Diversity grade: B+
Crime & safety grade: B
Outdoor activities grade: A-
Commute grade: C

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Pixabay

Florida: St. Johns County

Population: 218,362
Overall Niche grade: A+
Public schools grade: A+
Cost of living grade: C+
Diversity grade: B
Crime & safety grade: C
Outdoor activities grade: A
Commute grade: B-

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JERRYE & ROY KLOTZ MD // Wikicommons

Delaware: Kent County

Population: 171,474
Overall Niche grade: B+
Public schools grade: A-
Cost of living grade: B-
Diversity grade: A
Crime & safety grade: C
Outdoor activities grade: B+
Commute grade: B

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Wikipedia

Connecticut: Fairfield County

Population: 941,618
Overall Niche grade: A
Public schools grade: A-
Cost of living grade: D
Diversity grade: A
Crime & safety grade: B-
Outdoor activities grade: A
Commute grade: B

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Hustvedt // Wikicommons

Colorado: Boulder County

Population: 313,961
Overall Niche grade: A+
Public schools grade: A+
Cost of living grade: D+
Diversity grade: B+
Crime & safety grade: B-
Outdoor activities grade: A
Commute grade: A-

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Brocken Inaglory // Wikicommons

California: Marin County

Population: 259,358
Overall Niche grade: A+
Public schools grade: A+
Cost of living grade: D-
Diversity grade: A-
Crime & safety grade: B-
Outdoor activities grade: A+
Commute grade: B

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Brandonrush // Wikicommons

Arkansas: Benton County

Population: 245,231
Overall Niche grade: A+
Public schools grade: A+
Cost of living grade: B+
Diversity grade: A-
Crime & safety grade: B
Outdoor activities grade: B+
Commute grade: B+

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Tony the Marine // Wikicommons

Arizona: Maricopa County

Population: 4,088,549
Overall Niche grade: A-
Public schools grade: B
Cost of living grade: C-
Diversity grade: A
Crime & safety grade: C+
Outdoor activities grade: A-
Commute grade: B

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Scott McMurren // Wikicommons

Alaska: Kenai Peninsula Borough

Population: 57,637
Overall Niche grade: B
Public schools grade: B
Cost of living grade: C
Diversity grade: N/A
Crime & safety grade: C+
Outdoor activities grade: B-
Commute grade: A-

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Brandonrush // Wikicommons

Alabama: Madison County

Population: 349,973
Overall Niche grade: A+
Public schools grade: A+
Cost of living grade: B+
Diversity grade: A
Crime & safety grade: C
Outdoor activities grade: B+
Commute grade: B

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