The happiest state in America, according to a recent study, is Hawaii. However, New Jersey isn’t far behind. In this same study (done by WalletHub), we ranked number four! Utah and Minnesota ranked second and third, respectively, with Maryland rounding out the top five.
Are you surprised by these results? We’re certainly not! Read on for more info along with photos of some of the most beautiful places in New Jersey. We hope they make you smile!
The study took into account 32 key metrics related to happiness including sleep rate, depression rate, unemployment rate, volunteer rate, divorce rate, and safety.
These metrics were divided into three categories - emotional and physical well-being, work environment, and community.
When it came to emotional and physical well-being, New Jersey came in at number one!
Some of our greatest strengths are a low depression rate and a low divorce rate, when compared to the rest of the US.
An area we could improve on is work environment.
But overall, we're pretty cheerful. And, there's more to love. We're a top state for teachers and have excellent school systems.
We're also consistently ranked among the wealthiest states, often taking the top spot. Another plus? We're among the most diverse states.
We're not perfect and we're certainly not everyone's cup of tea. But this is New Jersey, and we're beautiful.
Is New Jersey your cup of tea? Do you appreciate our beaches, mountains, museums, forests, farms, Pinelands, and pizza? Do you feel a little spoiled that we’ve got incredible day trip destinations like Cape May, Atlantic City, Ocean City, Lambertville, Princeton, and so many others? Are you proud to live in the Garden State?
This article first appeared on "Only in your state" and it was written by Kristen
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