• Mickey McGlasson & Chris Worley

Top 10 Large Counties in 2021

The 2021 list of top counties in the US is here! Learn more about what the Community Index is and what the 2021 list is all about here. Below is our list of the top 10 large counties (population above 500k) across the US, that we ranked using indicator data to measure community vibrancy and economic success.


1. Seattle, WA (King County)

Seattle, Washington (King County) is in the top spot for large regions. King County performs in the top ten percent in investment, sustainability, and talent and above average in diversity and place. A density of high-tech industries, a variety of cultural assets, access to green space, and strong public transportation all make Seattle an attractive place to call home.




2. Honolulu, HI (Honolulu, Maui, Hawaii, and Kauai Counties)

Coming in second for large-sized regions is Honolulu, HI. The four counties of Honolulu, Maui, Hawaii, and Kauai score in the top ten percent in talent and diversity, with a particularly strong score in place. Located in a beautiful island setting, Honolulu and other areas across the state generate much of their economic activity from tourism. The state has a deep commitment to improving the lives of native Hawaiians and supporting equality for women and girls in the State, through initiatives like the Office for Hawaiian Affairs and the Hawaii State Commission on Status of Women.




3. Oakland and San Francisco, CA (Alameda and San Francisco Counties)

Number three on our large-sized list is Oakland and San Francisco (Alameda and San Francisco Counties). As the tech and finance hub of northern California, it’s no surprise that the region scores in the top ten percent for investment and sustainability. The strong arts and culture scene, sunny days, and proximity to both mountains and ocean makes the bay area a highly desirable destination.