New Jersey is on a roll. Last month, it was anointed the best state for pizza. Now, the state that has been the butt of countless jokes and dissed as recently as last week by mayoral hopeful/accused-harasser Scott Stringer, has been rated the best state to live in by the financial website WalletHub.

Overall, New Jersey achieved a combined score of 63.01, besting Massachusetts (62.60) and New York (61.63), which came in second and third respectively. Take that Stringer!

Dead last was New Mexico, with a score of 38.6.

WalletHub compared the 50 states across five key dimensions including affordability, economy, education & health, quality of life, and safety. Each dimension was worth up to 20 points.

While New Jersey ranked 49th on affordability and 32nd on its economy, it landed at number one for safety, five for education and health and seven for quality of life.

A total of fifty-two metrics went into calculating a state’s score for each dimension.

The takeaway? If New Jersey is, indeed, one of the most hated states as a recent study claimed, we now know why.


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Aaron is a writer, musician and lawyer. Aaron attended Berklee College of Music and the State University of New York at Purchase. Aaron served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ecuador. He received a J.D....