New Jersey Ranked the 2nd-Best State to Live In, New York in Third Place

Despite its ever-increasing cost of living, sky-high taxes, and general broodiness, New Jersey is the second-best state to live in, according to a new ranking conducted by personal finance website WalletHub.

The analysis of all 50 states factored in the cost of living along with job opportunities, quality of education and safety. Overall, only Massachusetts scored higher than the Garden State; however, New Jersey did land in 48th place in the “Cost of Living” category, with just Hawaii and California being more expensive to live in.

In all, the analysis factored in five categories: affordability, economy, education and health, quality of life, and safety.

New York came in just behind New Jersey and sits in third place among the best states to live in, followed by Idaho and Virginia to round out the top 5.

The worst state to live in? That inglorious award goes to the state of Mississippi.


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