A New York Times article from yesterday titled, “Where are the Hardest Places to Live in the U.S.?” shows a county breakdown of the hardest places to live in the US according to some key facts of information.

  • Education (percentage of residents with at least a bachelor’s degree),
  • Median Household Income,
  • Unemployment Rate,
  • Disability Rate,
  • Life Expectancy, and
  • Obesity

North Carolina counties overall rank fairly well. Orange, Chatham and Wake were among the highest ranked in the state.  Low ranking counties tended to be more focused in the northeastern and southeastern areas such as Halifax, Bladen and Northhampton counties.

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