Progressive Farmer Spotlights Best Rural Towns

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Everybody loves a list — and the editors of Progressive Farmer magazine have obliged, naming the ten top rural places in the U.S. They've looked for — and found — economic vitality, good schools, safety, and beauty. But the arbiters looked most intently for smart approaches to development and community spirit.

Their #1, Kent County, Maryland, has preserved its old houses and farmland on the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake. Coffee County, Alabama, was recognized for its solidarity after a tornado hit Enterprise High School, killing eight students.

Here are the top ten (drumroll…)

Kent County, Maryland
Ellis County, Kansas
Livingston County, MO
Obion County, TN
Columbia County, PA
Wexford County, Michigan
Fayette County, Texas
Coffee County, Alabama
Gilchrist County, Florida
La Plata County, FL