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February 20, 2015

Things are not going so well in New Jersey, according to the most recent State of American Wellbeing index of the 2014 Gallup-Healthways Index report. New Jersey ranked only 34th of 50 states in terms of wellbeing, which takes into account how people feel about their life’s purpose, social and financial life, physical health, and community.

Among these metrics, New Jersey ranked highest (20) when it came to physical health. Social wellbeing, which was defined as having supportive relationships and love in your life, was pegged at 23, slightly better than half the states.

However, when it came to financial wellbeing -- traditionally an area in which New Jersey excels -- the state’s residents only ranked 29th. Financial wellbeing in this case was defined as managing your economic life to reduce stress and increase security.

The two areas in which New Jersey severely underperformed the rest of the country were purpose and community. Purpose was defined as liking what you do each day and being motivated to achieve goals. In this area New Jersey only ranked 43rd. And New Jersey’s leaders should take serious note of the ranking of 48 for community. This element was defined as liking where you live, feeling safe, and taking pride in your community.

The index was based on 176,702 interviews with people across the country last year.

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