In a recent publication, each state in America was ranked for it's health. So how did the Garden State do in the latest rankings?

The answer is...surprisingly well. The website Stacker ranked each state based on statistics in categories like excessive drinking, cancer deaths, infant mortality and violent crime, among others.

The news for New Jersey is pretty good. The Garden State ranks as the 8th healthiest state in America. We are ahead of our neighbors in New York (#11) and Pennsylvania which ranked #28.

Here are some of the statistics that led to our high ranking...

Infant mortality. Data ranks us 6th best in the nation and nearly 26% above average.

Cancer deaths. New Jersey is 12th best in America in this category and almost 5% above the national average.

Excessive drinking. The Garden State is 7th nationally and above the country's average by over 16%.

Violent Crime. we're ranked 6th best. over 45% below the national average.

They say nothing is more important than your health and it is certainly one category that New Jersey is doing very well in. So, maybe we trade off some of those things that drive us crazy about the Garden State for a pretty healthy state.

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