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Jersey on the Edge: NJ Ranked Third Most Stressed Out State

Real Estate Movoto lists New Jersey as most stressed because of its population density and property tax.

Patch file photo.
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Real estate blog Movoto has ranked New Jersey the third most stressed state in the US. They used the length of the commute, hours spent at work, population density, amount of income spent on housing, and percentage of population who don't have health insurance to rank the states. 

1. The Commute: The average is half an hour, and for the overwhelming majority (80 percent) that means driving. And that means traffic., which is probably why 15 percent of New Jersey workers have commutes longer than 60 minutes. 

Better make sure you've got your EZ pass, too: 14 percent of New Jersey residents travel out of state for work. The flow of New Jersey residents working in New York is higher than any other interstate commute in the country. 

2. The Workweek: The average New Jerseyan 38.5 hours per week, according to The American Community Survey Movoto used. But a report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics lists New Jersey as the highest average earnings per hour, at $34.03. So we may have to disagree with Movoto on this count. 

3. The Cost of Living: The majority of New Jersey residents spend more than 30 percent of their income on housing. Whether you rent or own a house or apartment, most real estate brokers suggest spending only a quarter of your income on housing. 

4. Lack of Health Insurance: 58 percent of New Jersey residents don't have health insurance, including more than half of the seniors in the state. Ironically, this paywall might keep residents from seeking treatment for stress and stress-related illness. 

5. The Population Density: Motovo thinks the worst thing about New Jersey is how crammed together we all are: New Jersey has the densest population at 1195.5 people per square mile. 

Movoto also pointed out New Jersey's high property taxes, which WalletHub places as third worst in the US when adjusted for the cost of living. Only Georgia and Florida were ranked as more stressed than New Jersey.

Do you agree with Movoto? Are you feeling stressed? 

albert ross June 12, 2014 at 11:01 PM
Concerned June 12, 2014 at 11:10 PM
See point 4 in the article.
Concerned June 12, 2014 at 11:18 PM
I am responding to the stupidity of the statement in point 4 stupid.
Joe R June 12, 2014 at 11:26 PM
The article said: "58 percent of New Jersey residents don't have health insurance, including more than half of the seniors in the state." Seniors 65 and older are covered by Medicare but seniors just below age 65 (ages 59? through 64?) would not be covered by Medicare. The article is not clear on this point, we have to guess. What about the ACA, wouldn't they qualify for that?
Concerned June 12, 2014 at 11:55 PM
If they were without Medicare (under 65) they would have to buy insurance or be fined (Justice Roberts called it a tax) but we all know people aren't buying insurance anyway. Where those 60-64 stand in terms of insurance I don't know but they are a small portion (30%)of seniors (all those 60+). Which would essentially mean all of them plus 12 million more had no insurance (These are U.S. figures) in order to have over half of seniors have no insurance. Hope this is not too confusing.


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