COLLEEN O’DEA | JULY 10, 2017
But even wealthiest counties can improve in some ways while the poorest do surprisingly well in some aspects of education, health, and safety
Advocates for Children of New Jersey’s annual Kids Count report on the state’s counties has a different look, but the same basic message: wealth makes a difference when it comes to the education, health, and safety of children.
The organization released today its 2017 profiles and rankings based on a dozen measures of child wellbeing. Rather than give each county an overall rank, ACNJ rated the counties in four areas: economics, health, safety, and education.
There is no top-ranked county this year — last year, Morris took that spot. But the three counties with the best ratings in all those areas were also the counties with the highest median incomes for families with children: Morris, Somerset, and Hunterdon. Meanwhile, Cumberland, Essex, and Camden counties had the three lowest ratings, and all have median incomes below the state average, with Cumberland’s being the lowest at about $52,600. Cumberland had been ranked last in the recent past.