New Jersey is not a bad state for women to live in, according to the personal finance website WalletHub.

With March being Women's History Month, WalletHub released its report on 2022's "Best and Worst States for Women."

Analyst Jill Gonzalez said they compared all 50 states and Washington, D.C., across 25 key metrics with data ranging from median earnings for female workers to women's preventative health care to the female homicide rate.

Health care for women in NJ

New Jersey is the 15th best state for women to call home. Gonzalez said the state is in the top five when it comes to women's health care and safety but it's at 26th for how women are faring economically.

"The quality of women's hospitals is good in New Jersey. We're also seeing that the share of women ages 18 to 44 who have a personal doctor or health care provider that they trust, is very high," Gonzalez said.

Women in the NJ job market

However, while the median earnings for female workers in New Jersey are lower compared to men than many other states in the country, this is seen in general in the Northeast. Gonzalez said the state needs to work on this to crack the top 10.

Also, there is less job security for women in New Jersey and a smaller share of women-owned businesses. Gonzalez said across the board women could have more representation in business and could be represented a whole lot better in the Garden State.

"We did see that blue states were a little bit more women-friendly than red states. The average ranking was about 16th for blue states, compared to 36th for red, so New Jersey is teetering that, as well," Gonzalez said.

The best state for women in Massachusetts. Second is Minnesota followed by New York, Hawaii, and the District of Columbia.

On the flip side, the worst state for women in Oklahoma. Alabama is next followed by Arkansas, South Carolina, and Louisiana.

 

Jen Ursillo is a reporter and anchor for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach her at jennifer.ursillo@townsquaremedia.com

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Best coffee shops & cafes near NJ beaches

When it comes to food, New Jersey is known for many things such as pizza and pork roll. Don't count us out when it comes to coffee.

With all the hustle and bustle involved in the average New Jersey resident's day, coffee is essential. It doesn't matter whether you're living in the cities of North Jersey or the vacation spots at the shore.

In fact, as the former owner of two Jersey shore coffee houses, Coffee Dot Comedy in Sea Isle City and the Daily Grind in Ocean Grove, I know firsthand how much people at the Jersey shore love their coffee.

With respect to that, I asked my social media following where the best coffee houses at the Jersey Shore were, especially since my two places no longer exist.

Below is what they came up with. (And see this other article for their coffee shop and cafe recommendations for Central Jersey.)