February 6, 2017 | Number of The Day
NJ’s well-being ranking among 50 states

There’s plenty of room for improvement, but things could be a lot worse: That’s one way to read New Jersey’s taking the 25th spot in the most recent Well-Being Index, part of the Gallup-Healthways State of American Well-Being series.

The rankings are based on five elements:

  • Purpose: liking what you do each day and being motivated to achieve your goals 
  • Social: having supportive relationships and love in your life 
  • Financial: managing your economic life to reduce stress and increase security 
  • Community: liking where you live, feeling safe and having pride in your community 
  • Physical: having good health and enough energy to get things done daily 
  • How did the Garden State do?

    Its overall well-being index was 62.5. Individual scores were as follows: purpose (29); social (4); financial (21); community (40); and physical (7).

    Hawaii had the highest well-being index: 65.2; West Virginia, the lowest: 58.9.