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October 14, 2015

The new Gallup-Healthways Index ranks New Jersey 29th in the country when it comes to financial wellbeing -- pretty low down on the list for a state that is near the top in terms of income.

The primary reason for the overall low score? Worry and income inequality.

The poll showed that New Jersey was dead last among states when people were asked whether in the last seven days they had worried about money. New Jersey also ranked 40th among states that said they were “satisfied with their standard of living” when compared to the people they spent time with.

New Jerseyans were somewhat more positive when it came to questions like whether they had enough money to buy food (ranked 23); enough money for healthcare (22); and enough money to do everything they wanted to do (24). Still, for a state with an average household income of $71,919 in 2014, these responses are startling. (Nationally, the average income was $53,657 in 2014.)

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