Most New Jerseyans are happy with their neighborhood and their access to the kinds of amenities that contribute to a healthy life: parks, playgrounds, places to walk and enjoy recreation; access to good food; and community services such as libraries. Overall, 81 percent of respondents to the New Jersey Health and Well-Being Poll rated their neighborhood as a good or excellent place to live.
However, when categorized by income level, it’s a different story. For people of high income, the satisfaction rating was 91 percent whereas for middle-income residents it was 78 percent, and just 57 percent for those of low income.
Sixty-one percent of black respondents rated their neighborhood as good or excellent; the figure for Hispanics was 62 percent. The results were markedly different for white respondents (88 percent) and Asians (91 percent).