Thursday, October 16, 2008
Barren County was ranked #5 The Progressive Farmer’s Best Places To Live in Rural America
Barren County was ranked #5 in the southeast region of The Progressive Farmer’s Best Places To Live in Rural America choices appearing in the February 2008 issue of the magazine. Kent County, Maryland was the 2008 choice as the #1 Place To Live In Rural America and holds the #1 spot in the southeast region. The regional lists appear on Page 53 in the magazine.
The 2008 Top Ten List for the United States includes #1 Kent County, Maryland; #2 Ellis County, Kansas; #3 Livingston County, Missouri; #4 Obion County, Tennessee; #5 Columbia County, Pennsylvania; #6 Wexford County, Michigan; #7 Fayette County, Texas; #8 Coffee County, Alabama; #9 Gilchrist, Florida and #10, Laplata County, Colorado.
The Progressive Farmer compiles a list of rural counties based on the following criteria: home and land prices, crime rates, environment, education, economic factors, access to health care, and others. Counties are first ranked using a proprietary formula based on these statistics, then arranged again based on editorial opinion after the magazine staff travel to selected counties.