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March 6, 2013

New Jerseyans are just so-so when it comes to overall well-being, earning a 66.1 on the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index. And it seems that the ranking has mostly to do with job and life satisfaction.

The index is developed annually to judge how Americans feel they are doing in terms of life evaluation, physical health, emotional health, behavior, work environment, and basic access to services.

New Jerseyans ranked highest (82.9) when it came to basic access to services such as clean water, doctors, safety, and medicine. The index is based on a score between 0 and 100, with 100 being the highest. Residents also scored high on emotional and physical health (78.2 and 77.9, respectively.)

The lowest score (43.1) was given to work environment, which looks at things like job satisfaction and treatment. New Jerseyans also gave themselves a relatively low score in terms of life evaluation, a category in which respondents were asked to judge their present life situation and anticipated life situation in five years. The last category was healthy behavior, in which New Jerseyans scored 65.

More information on the index is available online.

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