Every year someone dies before the age of 75 is a year of preventable death, and a new study called the County Health Rankings and Roadmaps by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation estimates that among New Jerseyans, there are 5,636 years of premature death per 100,000 population.
County by county, however, the numbers vary widely. Residents of northern counties tend to live much longer -- Somerset, Morris, Bergen, Hunterdon, and Middlesex ranked last for premature death, followed by Monmouth, Warren, Union and Passaic. Essex and all other counties had more preventable deaths. Cumberland and Salem had the highest number of premature deaths in the state -- both over 8,000 per 100,000 population.