New Jersey’s children rank fifth in the nation for general wellbeing, according to the annual Kid’s Count survey, conducted by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and released by the Advocates for Children of New Jersey.
That’s down one slot from last year’s fourth ranking, but New Jersey remained in second place for education.
The economy had a negative impact on the state’s ranking this year, which was derived from 2011 data. New Jersey came in 18th in the country in this category, with 48 percent of children living in households with a high housing-cost burden. But the state's numbers improved when it came to education metrics and basically remained the same for health and family/community measures.