By many measures, New Jerseyans are pretty healthy when compared with other Americans. But not so much when it comes to chronic conditions, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, heart attack, stroke, and asthma, according to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Datahub analysis.
In 2011-2012, 21.4 percent of New Jerseyans said they had one or more of those illnesses. Nationally, the figure is 21 percent.
That percentage is on the rise; the same question posed for 2001 through 2010 was 12.9 percent for New Jerseyans and 17.8 percent nationally. In the past two years, the rate was 21.3 percent for both whites and Latinos in New Jersey, while it was much higher for African-Americans at 26.6 percent. That division was similar nationally.