We’ve got the Jersey Shore, the Boss and hoagies…we already know NJ is the best place in the USA to reside! And now a new survey from WalletHub confirms it — when it comes to choosing a place to put down roots, NJ is the place to be.

New Jersey ranked in the top 10 for safety, quality of life, education and health. And although we didn’t get great marks for our economy and came in next to last for affordability, there’s still so much to recommend about the Garden State.

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WalletHub’s survey considered 52 different weighted metrics, from cost of living and property taxes to education and quality of hospitals.

“In order to determine the best and worst states to live in, WalletHub compared the 50 states across five key dimensions: 1) Affordability, 2) Economy, 3) Education & Health, 4) Quality of Life, and 5) Safety,” said the researchers.

New Jersey ranked number one overall and number four in the lowest crime rate. And while we didn’t score so well in terms of economy and affordability, our accomplishments in the realms of education, health and quality of life helped us come out on top.

Here are the top ten states to live according to the survey:

  1. New Jersey
  2. Massachusetts
  3. New York
  4. Idaho
  5. Minnesota
  6. Wisconsin
  7. Utah
  8. New Hampshire
  9. Iowa
  10. Pennsylvania

On the low end of the list were New Mexico, Alaska, Louisiana, Mississippi and South Carolina.

According to WalletHub, nearly 15 million people moved last year, many of them influenced by COVID. Of course, the best place to live really depends on personal preference but we agree that when it comes to education and quality of life, New Jersey is an amazing place to raise a family.

Visit WalletHub for the full survey results.


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