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  • 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. 

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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-

  • 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

  • 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+

  • 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-

  • 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+

  • 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+

  • 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+

  • 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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