Is N.J. really the 2nd-best state in U.S. to be a lawyer?

Longtime readers know our skepticism when it comes to believing facts and data points from obscure websites. Only if the data is straightforward.

That’s why we’re good when says New Jersey has the fourth-highest total of people applying for law school (with 25.14 applications per 100,000 people in the state). Those numbers can be checked.

This next one isn’t as simple: New Jersey is the second-best state in the country to be a lawyer? also said its findings are based on a number of data points, including demand, earnings, existing employment and job vacancies.

Here’s where the numbers get tricky.

The site said the average law salary is $153,800 (with so many clearly well above that, the numbers seem skewed).

It also says the average lawyer only spends 17.17% of his paycheck toward rent (we’d like to see the receipts — or the place — as that is only $2,268 a month for rent).

The study rankings said the demand for lawyers is high in the state, with 158 searches per 100,000 people. A strong job market is indicated by a location quotient of 1.21, just above the national average, and with 0.4% of all vacancies being for jobs in the field, there are still many more jobs to fill.

Does all that add up to the second-best state in the country to be a lawyer? We’re still not sure. This much we do know: Here are the Top 5 states on the list.

  1. New York
  2. New Jersey
  3. Florida
  4. Illinois
  5. Connecticut