The 25 Best Counties to Live In

We know home prices in California are through the roof. But is that frightful mortgage worth it? From the looks of this new list of the Best Counties to Live In, Colorado and Virginia could give California sunshine a run for its money.

To determine the best places to call home, 24/7 Wall St. used the same criteria employed by the United Nations Development Programme when developing its Human Development Index. These include factors like life expectancy, income, poverty, and education.

Out of the 25 best counties to live in, seven are in the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria metro, including the No. 1: Falls Church, Virginia. Six counties in Colorado also made the list, including the runner-up Pitkin County.

Arlington County, VA, Los Alamos County, NM and Douglas County, CO rounded out the top 5.

California got a singular mention, with Marin County coming it at No. 9.