Sure, New Jersey has lately had its share of headache-inducing cultural ambassadors, from Snooki to the Situation.
But it turns out that if you want a great place to raise kids, the Garden State ranks tops.
So says the Foundation for Child Development, which put out its annual Child Well Being Index (CWI), a state-by-state comparison of quality of life for kids.
The index uses 28 indicators across seven categories -- family economic well-being, health, safe/risky behavior, education attainment, community engagement, social relationships and emotional/spiritual well-being -- to calculate overall child well-being.
Ranking No. 1 over all, New Jersey was in the top 10 in five categories and was No. 1 for social relationships. (Insert Real Housewives joke here.)