Each year, U.S. News & World Report surveys over 50,000 Americans in order to rank all U.S. states across 71 metrics in eight categories: crime and corrections, economy, education, environment, fiscal stability, health care, infrastructure and opportunity.
New Jersey ranked No. 12 in the overall rankings for 2019.
The Garden State came in at No. 6 for health care, No. 2 in education, No. 31 for the economy, No. 34 for infrastructure, No. 8 for oportunity, No.49 for fiscal stability, No. 6 in crime and corrections, and No. 13 for natural environment.
U.S. News ranks each state from one to 50 across the eight categories and then uses a weighted average to create a final ranking of the best places to live in the country.
More weight was accorded to some state measures than others, based on a survey of what matters most to people.
Health care and education were weighted most heavily. State economies, infrastructure and the opportunity states offer their citizens followed those indicators with fiscal stability following closely. After that came measures of crime and corrections, and a state’s natural environment.
U.S. News also calculated opportunity based on variables like cost of living and economic equality.