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A new study revealed the most fun states in America, and strangely, New Jersey did not make the top 20! WalletHub revealed 2022’s Most Fun States in America and we take umbrage with the fact that the Garden State was ranked at number 31 on the list of 50 states.

When it came to their study, WalletHub looked at all 50 states across 26 key indicators of “fun” including how much it costs to see a movie, accessibility to national parks and casinos per capita.

Here are the top 30 states on the list:

  1. California
  2. Florida
  3. Nevada
  4. New York
  5. Illinois
  6. Colorado
  7. Washington
  8. Texas
  9. Minnesota
  10. Louisiana
  11. Oregon
  12. Arizona
  13. Pennsylvania
  14. Maryland
  15. North Carolina
  16. Missouri
  17. Ohio
  18. Wisconsin
  19. South Carolina
  20. Georgia
  21. Tennessee
  22. Hawaii
  23. Oklahoma
  24. New Mexico
  25. Massachusetts
  26. Michigan
  27. Virginia
  28. Utah
  29. South Dakota
  30. Montana

Click here for the full list!

Are all of those states really more fun than NJ? We’ll admit that California and Florida both have amazing weather, great natural beauty and awesome amusement parks, but New Jersey offers the best of both worlds in many respects. We’ve got lakes for boating and woods for nature hikes plus the Jersey Shore which boasts some of the best beaches in the county if not the world. Our fresh produce is unbeatable, and our farms and wineries make the Garden State a great place for both kids and parents to have a good time.

In this study, California had the most restaurants per capita, and New York had the most performing arts theaters. Vermont was recognized for its skiing facilities while Alaska was tops for access to national parks.

There’s no arguing that these states and others on the list offer tons of options for fun and recreation. But when it comes to a place that has the most variety of fun and is one of the best places in the country to raise a family, we think New Jersey deserves top honors!

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