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Map shows best and worst counties to live in US

(KFVS) - The New York Times looked at how every county in the United States is doing when it comes to things like education, household income and unemployment rate and the Heartland didn't come out too well.

On the map, which can be found here, blue shades indicate counties that are doing fairly well in terms of having higher college degree and income levels and lower unemployment and disability rates. The orange shaded counties are not doing as well, comparatively.

In the Heartland, the map indicates a lot of orange counties.

In Missouri, Cape Girardeau County is doing the best out of all the Heartland counties, according to the map. The median income is fairly high as is the college degree rate and the unemployment rate is at 5.9 percent.

Perry, Randolph, Sainte Genevieve, Phelps and Pulaski counties are light blue, meaning they fall right in the middle of better and worse.

Jackson County, Illinois is on the blue end of things, but the rest of the counties in the area are in orange shades.

In Kentucky, McCracken County is right about the middle. Calloway County is a darker blue which means it's doing a little better. However, the rest of the counties are in orange shades.

In Arkansas they are seeing much of the same issues, a lot of orange counties.

The Upshot, which created the map based on six different points of data from each county in the country, concluded that Clay County, Kentucky is the hardest place to live while Los Alamos County in New Mexico was ranked the best out of all the counties.

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