New Jersey Is 2021’s Best State to Live In, Says New Survey

by Kayla Mutchler

Home, sweet, home–actually, it’s more than sweet. On Tuesday, a new report by WalletHub, a financial website, named New Jersey the best state to live in for 2021.

The site based these rankings on 52 indicators of livability, such as education rate to hospitality qualities, housing costs, and more. It was also rated across five main factors, being affordability, economy, education and health, quality of life, and safety.

New Jersey secured multiple high accolades. It was rated number one in safety, five in education and health, and number seven in quality of life. It was also ranked four in lowest crime rate.  

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Liberty State Park in Jersey City, NJ l Photo by Joey Pedras

However, the state also lacked in some areas. It came in at a 49 in affordability and 32 in economy. 

The state earned a total score of 63.01 out of 100. Compared to the second-place state, Massachusetts, which earned a 62.60 total score, New Jersey scored 0.41 more of a point.

The top ten states, in order, were New Jersey, Massachusetts, New York, Idaho, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Utah, New Hampshire, Iowa, and Pennsylvania. 

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy tweeted about the rankings: “You know it. I know it. All nine million of us who call this state home know it,” he said. “New Jersey is #1. And with our historic investments in education, health care, and our communities, we’re going to keep building a stronger and fairer state–together.” 

Is New Jersey really the best state to live in? Tell us why you love it in the comments. 

Main photo by Matt Donders

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Kayla is a senior communication major at the University of New Haven. When she's not writing, she's keeping up on the latest pop culture news, listening to music, and cooking.

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