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State Profile

New Jersey

Population (2019): 8,882 million

New Jersey’s public health outcomes generally lead those of the United States, and it has taken several steps that strengthened its preparedness for public health emergencies. Deaths owed to drug misuse, alcohol, or suicide trail the country as a whole. Its rates of obesity and related conditions indicate a bright spot, with the percentage of adults with obesity lower than the U.S. median, as rates of diabetes and hypertension rank in the middle of the pack. Finally, the state achieved a score of six out of a possible 10 measures of public health preparedness for diseases, disasters, and bioterrorism.

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New Jersey at a glance

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Percent of population (age 6 months or older) who received seasonal flu vaccination, 2018-19

High Tier

Public health emergency preparedness performance tier (High, Medium, Low), 2019

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Percent of adults who have hypertension, 2019

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Percent of adults who have diabetes, 2019

15

Percent of children age 10-17 who have obesity, 2017-18

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Percent of adults who have obesity, 2019

48.7

Deaths related to alcohol, drugs, or suicide (per 100,000), 2018

8.7

Suicide deaths (per 100,000), 2018

33.5

Drug-related deaths (per 100,000), 2018

7.6

Alcohol-related deaths (per 100,000), 2018

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