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Our say: County 1st in our hearts, 951st on new list

Our say: County 1st in our hearts, 951st on new list

Today anyone with a computer or a smartphone can instantly get rankings of virtually anything. Want someone's highly debatable opinion on the world's 50 greatest cheeses? The 10 best classic cars? The 15 best vacuum cleaners on the market? It's all a few mouse clicks or thumb swipes away. So in some ways it was quaint to have a late summer media flap over a ranking of America's counties by "natural amenities" — purely natural factors, with the man-made excluded — drawn up by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in a now-obscure report from 1999, "Natural Amenities Drive Rural Population Change." Earlier this month The Washington Post...

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