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How Great is the Garden State?

A story published on Politico ranked New Jersey the 12th best state in the country.

New Hampshire was ranked as the #1 state in the country and Mississippi was ranked at the bottom, as illustrated by this map that accompanied the Politico story.
New Hampshire was ranked as the #1 state in the country and Mississippi was ranked at the bottom, as illustrated by this map that accompanied the Politico story.
We may not be New Hampshire, but at least we beat out New York.

Politico recently named New Jersey the 12th best state in the country.

The political website ranked all 50 states based on 14 state rankings from sources like the Census Bureau, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the FBI, and other factors including high school graduation rates, per capita income, crime rates and life expectancy. The website admits that its approach was not scientific.

New Jersey was ranked among the top dozen states in the nation, with New Hampshire garnering the top spot and Minnesota, Vermont, Utah and Massachusetts rounding out the top five.

While the Garden State scored among the top 10 states for lowest poverty, wealthiest per capita and lowest obesity, it fell to the bottom of the ratings for lowest unemployment (ranked 42 and just outscoring Kentucky and Mississippi) and highest home ownership (ranked right below North Dakota at 37).

New Jersey also ranked among the top 10 states with highest math and reading scores and the highest percentage employed in science, technology, engineering and mathematics jobs.
Long Time Resident January 27, 2014 at 02:50 PM
ABC NEWS - DEMOCRATS IN TROUBLE FOR MIDTERM ELECTION! TAKE BACK AMERICA WORKING JUST FINE........ Thanks to Obama and his policies ABC is reporting that registered voters are divided essentially evenly, 46-45 percent, between Republican and Democratic candidates for Congress next fall. That’s a challenge for the Democrats, because Republicans usually hold the edge in midterm turnout. And it’s shifted from an 8-point Democratic lead in a pair of ABC/Post polls last year. But the risk also could be to incumbents in general. This poll, produced for ABC by Langer Research Associates, finds anti-incumbency near the almost 25-year high it hit in October, with just 27 percent inclined to re-elect their representative in Congress. The Congress itself has a dismal 16 percent approval rating, steady at just 4 percentage points above the 40-year low in October. And while the Republican Party holds a crucial 7-point lead over the Democrats in trust to handle the economy, it also has problems of its own, on empathy, helping the middle class and related issues such as raising the minimum wage and extending unemployment benefits. http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2014/01/politics-2014-low-confidence-in-leaders-and-a-dead-heat-in-midterm-preferences/
Wayne's World January 27, 2014 at 03:39 PM
If NJ is the 12th best state, God help the USA. There are more things wrong with this place than can be counted. A LOT more bad than good. The USA is the Titanic - all the signs are around us. Poverty, income disparity, drug epidemic, incarceration epidemic, job migration, unbridled immigration, political corruption, over-regulation, over-taxation - these are just some of the acute problems at both the national and the local level. It just goes to show how much so many other places on the planet suck worse, where even just surviving is a challenge. What a crying shame. We could all do better. But we won't.
Citizen of America January 28, 2014 at 12:44 PM
NEW POLL: More than half of New Jersey citizens think Christie knew about the Bridge closings. His approval rating has plummeted 18 points since October. /// http://tinyurl.com/njh4gef /// #ByeByeChristie #Hillary2016
Marsha Fields-Farello January 29, 2014 at 11:06 AM
Bravo for New Jersey..good reading and math skills, that is so true, and we also have probably the most singers, and accomplished artists..everyone is from NJ...if not physically, they are mentally.
Edward Ogin February 18, 2014 at 08:36 AM
I will repeat my comment because it is well worth it after all the additional comments. All of comments above show how great a state this is. I stay because of its riches and blessings. But more because of Edith. Where else can you have your cake and Edith too?

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