NJ is an average state for women, study finds
A new study from WalletHub ranked the best and worst states for women, using 15 different metrics across economic, social, health and safety issues.
"Those metrics included everything from median earnings for female workers to women's preventative health care to the female uninsured rate," said Jill Gonzalez, WalletHub analyst.
New Jersey falls pretty much smack dab in the middle of the rankings, finishing 24th among the 50 states and District of Columbia.
Gonzalez said that New Jersey excelled in many areas, especially economic.
"It has the fifth-lowest percentage of women living in poverty at just about 11 percent," Gonzalez said. "The unemployment rate is a little bit higher than the national average at about six percent, but we've seen states with far higher unemployment rates, specifically for women there."
The Garden State also boasts a positive ranking for education.
"And the high school dropout rate for women is also fifth-lowest at just 1.5 percent," she explained.
However, there are many metrics where New Jersey did not fare so well.
Gonzalez pointed out that we could stand to improve in social well-being categories by having more initiatives that promote equal pay and job growth within a company.
"Any one of those programs within local businesses statewide, I think, could really help New Jersey on rankings like this," Gonzalez said.
New Jersey also had below average ranking for voter turnout (29th) and female robbery victim rate (41st). But, the state's rape victim rate is among the best.
"Kind of two different ends of the spectrum as far as victimization," she said.
All in all, the study is a mixed bag for the Garden State. Gonzalez said while New Jersey is not below average, it still is far out from the top 5 or top 10, even top 15. That will require some work and improvements to move towards a better ranking.
"Clearly some ways to go in New Jersey, I think all very attainable, but something that local residents could really use in the future."