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Low Disparities1

  • Between females3 and males2 for unemployment
  • Between those with a high school education2 and college graduates3 for cancer
  • Between Black2 and white3 for diabetes

High Disparities

  • Between those with less than a high school education2 and college graduates3 for physical inactivity
  • Between Hispanic2 and multiracial3 for dedicated health care provider
  • Between Black2 and Asian/Pacific Islander3 for child poverty

[1] Low disparities within a state does not indicate that all populations are doing well. Consider rates in comparison to national averages.
[2] Rates worse than national average.
[3] Rates same or better than national average.


  • 20% decrease in Excessive Drinking in adults with a high school education between 2011-2013 and 2017-2019 from 18.6% to 14.8%
  • 38% decrease among those with Less Than a High School Education in the white population between 2005-2009 and 2015-2019 from 9.2% to 5.7%
  • 26% decrease in Avoided Care Due to Cost in Black adults between 2011-2013 and 2017-2019 from 19.3% to 14.2%
  • 35% increase in Diabetes in adults with some college education between 2011-2013 and 2017-2019 from 8.6% to 11.6%
  • 25% incresae in Poverty in male-headed households between 2005-2009 and 2015-2019 from 5.6% to 7.0%
  • 21% increase in Physical Inactivity in white adults between 2011-2013 and 2017-2019 from 22.9% to 27.6%


Income Inequality

Income inequality measures the ratio of median household income of the 20% richest to the 20% poorest. A high ratio indicates greater income inequality. Research demonstrates an association between greater income disparity and poorer population health.
In New Jersey, income inequality has decreased since 2011. New Jersey’s ratio is currently higher than the national ratio.

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