HUNTERDON COUNTY, NJ - Hunterdon County has been named the safest county in America to raise children, according to a report from the international non-profit, Save The Children.
According to a release from the county, there are four factors that affect a child's success, health and education, and which make a county a great place to raise a family. Those factors are per-capita deaths before age 18, per-capita teen pregnancies, food insecurities and the high school dropout rate.
Other top counties in the United States included Bergen County at number nine, Morris County at number 11, Sussex County at number 13, Somerset County at number 14 and Monmouth County at number 17.
The county was also recognized as the healthiest county for several years because of the acres of trails and parks (about 8,000 in total), and access to fresh fruits and vegetables.
"Recently it was reported that Hunterdon County is the safest place in America to raise children in New Jersey out of more than 2,600 counties in the state," Freeholder Deputy Director Sue Soloway, also the liaison to the Human Services Department, said. "The county has also been recognized as the healthiest county for several years because of its acres of trails, parks and access to fresh fruits and vegetables. Combining the county's farming community with more than 8,000 acres of parks and trails, and top-notch schools, it is easy to see why Hunterdon County is a wonderful sanctuary for children."
"Hunterdon County's preserved open spaces and parklands, excellent school systems and dedicated social services programs are all major parts of the reason our county is a great place to raise children," she added. "And make no mistake, our law enforcement community is a key part of keeping everyone in the county safe. Most of all, however, the top national ranking is due the importance of parents and parenting, and is a direct reflection of the community that supports children and their families."