These 77 counties are located around the major cities of the Northeast and the Midwest.
The Middle Suburbs are home to 16 million of the U.S. population. They feature average education levels – about 27% of the population has at least a bachelor’s degree. People living in Middle Suburbs seem to have better access to healthcare than other community types in the American Communities Project (ACP), with only 7% of the population lacking insurance compared to the national average of 13%. The Middle Suburbs are also safe places, reporting 150 fewer violent crimes per 100,000 people on average compared to the rest of the country. In addition to low crime rates, these places enjoy an elevated sense of community, with 2 additional membership associations per 10,000 people than the national average.