New Jersey residents can stand a bit taller on next Monday’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day: The state was ranked No. 2 for racial progress in a survey recently completed by WalletHub, the personal finances website. The assessment measured the shrinking gap between blacks and whites over time, using the earliest and most recent data available.
Besides finishing second overall (Georgia took the top spot), New Jersey was ranked fourth both in employment and wealth and for education and civic engagement. The state came in 19th for health. New York was ranked 11th; Pennsylvania, 28th.