Los Alamos Rated Easiest County to Live in
The team at The Upshot, a NYTimes news and data-analysis venture, compiled six basic metrics to give a picture of the quality and longevity of life in each county of the nation. They were attempting to answer the question, Where are the hardest places to live in the U.S.? To create an overall ranking, they averaged each county’s relative rank in these categories: educational attainment, household income, jobless rate, disability rate, life expectancy and obesity rate.
The #1 ranking, and hence easiest place to live, went to Los Alamos County, home of Los Alamos National Laboratory, which spends 65% of its annual budget on nuclear weapons production and design. “The Lab directly employs one out of every five county residents and has a budget of $2.1 billion, which an enormous economic engine for a county of just 18,000 people,” the article states. A look at surrounding counties shows that this engine does not power the surrounding counties equally.
Rio Arriba is ranked #1966 out of 3,135 counties
Taos County = #1234
Sandoval County = #420
Santa Fe County = #148
Some specific comparisons:
63.2 percent residents have at least a bachelor’s degree in Los Alamos.
Rio Arriba County = 15.9%
Taos County = 28.8%
Sandoval County = 28.1%
Santa Fe County = 39.3%
The median household income in Los Alamos County is $106,426.
Rio Arriba County = $40,791
Taos County = $33,835
Sandoval County = $58,116
Santa Fe County = $53,642
In Rio Arriba County, 8 percent of residents are unemployed, and 1.9 percent are on disability.
The corresponding figures in Los Alamos County are 3.5 percent and 0.3 percent.
Taos County = 9.1%, and 1.2%
Sandoval County = 8%, and 1%
Santa Fe County = 5.5% are unemployed, 1% are on disability
Los Alamos County residents live on average 82.4 years
Rio Arriba County = 75 years
Taos County = 79.3 years
Sandoval County = 79.4 years
Santa Fe County = 80.1 years
And Los Alamos County’s obesity rate is 22.8 percent,
Rio Arriba County = 34%
Taos County = 29%
Sandoval County = 32%
Santa Fe County = 22%
Making nukes and the livin’s easy.