Finally, WalletHub has some good news for N.J.’s future

By Alex Wolmart
New Jersey | Jul 17, 2019 at 1:17 pm

The young people in New Jersey are apparently doing better compared with the rest of the U.S., according to personal finance website WalletHub.

This year, the website ranked New Jersey as the state with the least at-risk youth compared with any other state in the country.

WalletHub compared the 50 states and District of Columbia across 15 metrics, each metric being graded on a 100-point scale. One hundred represented the highest level of youth risk.

The two main metrics were education & employment and health. Education & employment’s 60-point stature was weighed 20 points heavier than the 40 points health was given.

Education & employment metrics included, but were not limited to, share of youth with no high school diploma, rate of teen pregnancy and share of homeless youth. Health metrics included, but were not limited to, share of obese youth, share of youth using illegal drugs in the past month and the share of youth with depression.

With 1 being the most at-risk and 51 being the least, New Jersey ranked 46th in the education & employment rank and 48th in the health rank, while receiving a total score of 29.08 and proudly ranking as the state with the least at-risk youth.

WalletHub also put New Jersey as the state with the lowest youth poverty rate.

So, if young people stay in the state, the future of New Jersey looks seemingly bright.

To read the full report, click here.