Some of the happiest counties in America are right in our backyard, according to a new study.
SmartAsset, a personal finance technology company, said it collected data on every U.S. county with a population of at least 50,000 -- 978 in all. The study looked at family stability, physical health, personal financial health and economic security.
Loudoun County, Virginia, topped the list with its low poverty rate of 3.6%, high life expectancy at 82.6 years and a 62.3% marriage rate.
Fairfax County, Virginia, came in third. It is one of the few counties with a median household income over $100,000, according to the study. The average life expectancy is 83.1 years and 63% of the population exercises regularly.
Number seven on the list is Howard County, Maryland. Just 4.6% of the county's population lives below the poverty line, according to the study. The county also got a mention for its great public schools.
Arlington County, Virginia, made the top 25. It came in at 22.