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No wonder New Jersey is happier

Garden State residents are living longer, study says

Fresh on the heels of successive surveys showing New Jersey residents feel better and better about their state comes word we'll have more time to enjoy our newfound happiness.

The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation in Seattle looked at two decades of national data and concluded that the average lifespan for Garden State females is 80 years and for males, 77.8 years.

The latter marks a six-year gain for all men; the increased longevity for black men is even more impressive.

Between 1989 and 2009. according to the Institute, the average lifepan for black males in New Jersey rose by 9.7 years, compared to 7.4 nationally.