• Mickey McGlasson & Chris Worley

Top 10 Mid-sized 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 mid-sized counties (population 100k-500k) across the US, that we ranked using indicator data to measure community vibrancy and economic success.

1. Sussex County, DE

Sussex County is number one on our list of mid-sized regions. Home to most of Delaware’s Atlantic beaches, as well as a host of saltwater and freshwater wetlands, the County has a strong economy centered around tourism and agriculture -- it produces more poultry than any other county in the nation. Sussex scores above average in every category, and is in the top ten percent on talent, place, and diversity.

2. Fort Collins, CO (Larimer and Weld Counties)

Fort Collins has a top spot on our list of mid-sized regions. Located in Northern Colorado against the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Fort Collins has a rich history as well as a robust and growing economy showing no signs of slowing down. It is a top location for business. Fort Collins and the surrounding region scores particularly high in investment, sustainability, talent, and diversity.

3. Bellingham, WA (Whatcom County)

Whatcom County, home to Bellingham, Washington, ranks number three on our mid-sized county list. Located 50 miles southeast of Vancouver and 90 miles north of Seattle, Bellingham offers easy access to urban cities — yet is also a gateway to the wild San Juan Islands and North Cascades. Recognized as a local music scene and a growing hub for craft beer breweries, Bellingham is an attractive city for young people. It scores in the top ten percent in sustainability and place.