How would you rate your quality of life here – and what is it that’s either keeping you here or makes you want to flee?

A new poll released by Monmouth University finds that there’s a slight uptick among New Jersey residents feeling positive about the quality of life here.

Odd, despite the fact that things haven’t changed much in the last 5 or so years.

I always wonder if anyone’s property tax bill has gone down in that time.
Or if anything has become more affordable – like car insurance.

Yet Monmouth’s poll finds there’s a relatively good feeling about living here.

More than three in five of those asked find that the quality of life is either good or excellent.
In the negative column, out of the 805 adults surveyed find that life here is either fair or poor.

Here’s the deal for me:

I’ve lived elsewhere. Georgia for 2 years, Harrisburg, Pa. for another 2; and Clearwater, Florida for a year and a half.

I’m a native Northeastener. Moving down South was like culture shock. While the quality of life isn’t bad – I had a hard time adjusting to the weather – and felt like a stranger in a strange land.

Pennsylvania. More to my taste – and, I guess, were I to live anywhere else besides New Jersey, the Keystone State would be it.

But thus far both my wife and I are more or less happiest here. We’re pretty much done with life in Brooklyn; if we need to see relatives, they’re a short ride over a very expensive bridge that might be crumbling under us; the food is probably the best you’ll find in the country; and our grandchildren are but a short ride away.

Unless things change drastically, I’d give it a B.

And as for you – how do you rate it. And I’d be curious to know if you’ve lived anywhere else, what brought you back “home?”