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A new study by Save the Children, an international non-governmental organization, cites the state's low rates of child violence, malnutrition, adolescent births, high school dropouts and infant mortality as reasons for the top billing. The group uses the five categories as metrics to analyze health, safety and security of children.
The Garden State unseated New Hampshire, which earned the top spot in last year's study.
"New Jersey was the only state in the top 10 for all five indicators," said John Farden, associate vice president for U.S. Operations at Save the Children.
But as with most things, the newly bestowed honor comes with a few caveats.