• Mickey McGlasson & Chris Worley

Top 10 Small 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 small counties (population under 100k) across the US, that we ranked using indicator data to measure community vibrancy and economic success.

1. Casper, Cheyenne and Laramie, WY (Converse, Carbon, and Albany Counties)

Neighboring Converse, Carbon, and Albany Counties are number one on our list of small-sized places. Home to both Medicine Bow National Forest and the University of Wyoming, the counties score high on sustainability, talent, and place. Wide open spaces paired with thriving downtowns and innovative, tight-knit communities make this region a truly special place to call home.

2. Grundy County, IA

Outside of Waterloo, Iowa, Grundy County makes a top small-sized spot for its excellent score across all indicators, including scoring in the top ten percent in talent. Part of the Cedar Valley Regional Partnership, Grundy County works hard to recruit and retrain businesses, with leading industries in manufacturing, food processing, logistics, agri-based biotechnology, finance, and information technology. Grundy also boasts a popular County Fair each year.

3. Middlebury, VT (Addison County)

Quintessential Vermont, Addison County is home to bustling main streets in Middlebury, Bristol, and Vergennes; charming small New England towns; and access to the Adirondack and Green Mountains and Lake Champlain. The county also plays host to Middlebury College. Addison scores in the top ten percent in talent and sustainability, and is above average in every other category.