Morris County residents are more satisfied with their hometowns, and with the quality of life in New Jersey, than are residents of any other county, according to a statewide survey by Monmouth University.
The poll of nearly 2,900 adults examined perceptions of quality of life and created a 100-point quality of life index, with a score of 100 indicating the most satisfaction.
Respondents were asked to rate their hometown, the state, schools, environmental quality, safety, race relations, neighborliness and availability of jobs, among other topics.
Morris County residents were most satisfied with the Garden State’s quality of life, coming in with a +42 score; Cumberland County scored lowest with just a +5.
Some 80 percent of residents surveyed in Morris County said New Jersey is a good or excellent place to live, and 89 percent gave high marks to their hometowns. Both figures topped the survey. From the Monmouth University Polling Institute:
Morris (+42) – The county with the highest overall Garden State Quality of Life Index score also
has the most positive state (80%) and hometown (89%) ratings. They also tend to be
among those most satisfied with the availability of cultural activities (82%), positive
toward their local schools (72%), confident in the quality of their drinking water (60%),
satisfied with the amount of open space (64%), and positive about job prospects in their
area (49%). Morris residents have among the highest sense of personal safety in their
own neighborhoods (84%) and the crime rate in general (86%).
Residents of Morris County are also among those most likely to see the state’s diversity
as a good thing (57%), although – with the exception of a sizable Asian community – this
county has one of the least diverse populations in New Jersey.
The sampling was conducted over a two-week period last December, and has a margin of error of 1.8 percent to 10 percent, depending on the category and county. (See the report appendix for a detailed breakdown.) The project was funded by the Plangere Foundation, New Jersey Resources, FirstEnergy and Sanofi Aventis.
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