Living Is Better in NJ Than Del., Pa. But Not All That Great: Study

By Dan Stamm
|  Tuesday, Feb 25, 2014  |  Updated 9:45 AM EDT
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How are you feeling in general today?

If you aren’t feeling great that’s no surprise.

A new study examining the well-being of people in all 50 states finds that people in our region aren’t living all that great, or all that poorly.

New Jersey places at 23rd, Delaware comes in at 28th and Pennsylvania falls in at 36th on the Gallup-Healthways State of American Well-Being Index for 2013.

New Jersey made a big jump in 2013 from the year before -- hopping nine places into the top half of the survey -- thanks to ranking 9th in Physical Health and 15th in Life Evaluation. The study also found that the Garden State traditionally has the “lowest levels of depression.”

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Pennsylvania dipped seven spots, hampered by a 40th-place ranking in Life Evaluation, 41st-place ranking in Emotional Health and placing 46th in Work Environment.

Both New Jersey and Pennsylvania have remained within nine spots since the survey began in 2008. The same can’t be said for Delaware, which placed as low at 47th place overall as of 2011. The First State has recovered to place 28th in 2013 thanks to placing 13th for Basic Access, 16th for Work Environment and 19th for Emotional Health. Delaware was hurt however with a 47th-place ranking in Physical Health.

The study, which breaks factors in quintiles, is a compilation of telephone survey answers from more than 178,000 adults around the country. North and South Dakota came in at No. 1 and 2 as Pennsylvania’s neighbor West Virginia placed dead last for the fifth-straight year.
 

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