November 19, 2019 | Number of The Day
Residents who feel good about living in the Garden State

Sure, New Jersey has its problems — what state doesn’t? But 60% of those responding to the latest Monmouth University Poll say the state is either an excellent (15%) or a good (46%) place to call home. Some 26% rate it fair and 12% say it’s poor.

The current positive rating is a marked improvement from the 50% record low recorded earlier this year, as well as the 54% in April 2018.

The latest findings are more in line with results from 2017 (59%) and 2016 (62%). Over the past decade, the state rating has generally been in the low- to-mid-60s with a few exceptions. In the 1970s, the state’s positive rating was frequently in the 70s, and reached as high as 84% in 1987.

Monmouth’s exclusive Garden State Quality of Life Index now stands at +24, up from +13 in February. For six years prior, the index tended to seesaw between +18 and +26. The highest mark since Monmouth launched the index nine years ago was +31 in April 2012.

The index was created by the Monmouth University Polling Institute in 2010 to serve as a resident-based indicator of the quality of life in New Jersey.