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Hunterdon County Named One of the Happiest in the Country

The United Nations released the 2017 World Happiness Report, with the U.S. ranking 14th on the list that considered 155 nations.

Three New Jersey counties ranked in the top 25 – Somerset (#14), Morris (#8), and Hunterdon County (#6). Hunterdon County is home to several beautiful stops within the Delaware River Towns including Lambertville, Frenchtown, & Stockton.

Here’s what they had to say about Hunterdon County’s key to happiness:

Hunterdon County enjoys a high income-to-cost-of-living ratio at 1.96. Combined with an unemployment rate of only 3.3% and the third-lowest poverty rate in our study (4.4%), it’s no wonder people are so happy in Hunterdon County.

The county’s current life expectancy is 82.5 years. Hunterdon County experienced the third-largest growth in life expectancy in our top 10. A contributing factor may be that more people are getting active than in 2016. The percent of people getting adequate physical activity increased to 63.3%. This shouldn’t be a surprise considering the abundant hiking trails, bicycle paths and beautiful parkways.

To find the happiest places in America, SmartAsset created an index to rank the happiest counties in the U.S. We pulled data from several sources and used eight metrics to create our index.

SmartAssets calculated the results among 980 counties using eight metrics of equal weight. Metrics includes average life expectancy, the percentage of the population receiving the recommended weekly exercise, personal bankruptcy rate, the ratio of median household income to cost of living, divorce and marriage rates, and unemployment and poverty rates.

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