New Jersey is one of the most gambling-addicted states
A study by Wallethub.com says that New Jersey is the sixth most gambling-addicted state in the country.
They used two broad categories: “Gambling Friendliness” and “Gambling Problem and Treatment.” There are a total of 20 metrics across the categories, things like:
- Commercial and Tribal Casinos per Capita
- Gaming Machines per 1,000 residents
- Gaming Revenues per Capita
- Lottery Sales per Capita
- The legality of Sports Betting
- Legality of Horse Racing
For “Gambling problem and treatment”, they looked at things like:
- Share of Adults with Gambling Disorders
- Gambling Counselors per Capita
- Gamblers Anonymous Meetings per Capita
- Spending on Problem Gambling Services per Capita
- Gambling Arrests per Capita
- Statewide Self-Exclusion Statute
New Jersey is 9th in Gambling Friendliness and 12th in Problem and Treatment. Some of the places where New Jersey had high ranks include % of adults with a gambling problem, which is tied for third, and gambling-related arrests; New Jersey is fifth.
To no one’s surprise, Nevada is #1 and they top both the friendliness and problem lists individually.
Here are the top gambling-addicted states:
2. South Dakota
6. New Jersey
8. West Virginia
The least gambling-addicted states are:
There are many resources available to help people who are struggling with gambling addiction.
The New Jersey Council on Problem Gambling offers a variety of resources, including a helpline, a website, and a support group directory. 1-800-GAMBLER or https://800gambler.org/