Apparently if you live in Howard County it can. The magazine Smart Asset has listed Howard County as the 7th happiest county in the country. I don't know about the other counties on the list but Loudoun and Fairfax Counties in Virginia also have a high per capita income too. I am not sure that high incomes are the best factor to examine in determining happiness but it seems to be the main factor in selecting the happiest counties. Here is what the magazine said about Howard County:
"This Maryland County is located west of Baltimore and has the fifth lowest poverty rate of the nearly 1,000 counties in our study. Just 4.6% of Howard County’s population lives below the poverty line.
Howard County also has some of the best public schools in the country. The Howard County Public School system’s 2014 graduation rate of 92.85% is well above both state and national averages. While the quality of public education was not factored into our analysis, it is likely an important consideration for anyone thinking about moving to or buying a home in Howard County."
Here is the list of the top ten counties from the magazine:
Loudoun County, Va.
Delaware County, Ohio
Fairfax County, Va.
Carver County, Minn.
York County, Va.
Chester County, Pa.
Howard County, Md.
Ozaukee County, Wis.
Douglas County, Colo.
Geauga County, Ohio
County Exec Kittleman touts the news here.
Today is the last day to register for the Howard County Housing Moderate Income Housing Unit Program. Best way to snag a moderately priced home in Howard County. Obtaining one of these moderately priced homes would anyone happy.