How well do you know the lifestyles of your fellow Central Jersey residents?
Did you know that 21 percent of Hunterdon County residents are considered obese, while 26 percent of Middlesex County residents are? The state average is 26 percent.
Do you know which county had the most drug overdose deaths? Which county has the highest rate of sexually transmitted disease?
We are all proud of our communities and we are unashamedly boastful that our hometowns are the best place to live in Central Jersey. We believe that we all live in our own Lake Webegon where, in Garrison Keillor’s famous phrase, “all the women are strong, all the men are good-looking, and all the children are above average.”
Almost every week there is fresh clickbait ranking our towns and communities, cherry-picking a number of seemingly unrelated measurements and dumping them into a number-crunching Cuisinart to produce a statistical smoothie.
Last summer, for example, SmartAsset took eight factors, waved a magical wand and Excel spreadsheet over them and concluded that two Central Jersey counties were among the “happiest counties in America.” Of the 3,007 counties, Hunterdon ranked 18th and Somerset closely followed at 21, a great talking point for politicians and other civic boosters.