Wednesday, August 30, 2006

A typical blue state

New Jersey is the wealthiest state in the union. It also has the greatest disparity of wealth because it includes two of the poorest cities in America - Camden and Newark.

"Legal Services of New Jersey Poverty Research Institute on Tuesday said its own analysis, which took into account the high cost of living, shows that more than one in five state residents are impoverished.

Despite that, Hunterdon, Morris, Somerset and Burlington counties are all among those with the lowest poverty rates in the country and Hunterdon, Somerset, and Morris all rank among the highest-income places in the nation. Among all the counties across the country with populations over 65,000, only two - Loudon, Va., and Fairfax, Va. - have median household incomes higher than those in Hunterdon."


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