Just in time for summer, a popular website has ranked our beloved state one of the grossest in the nation.

As a matter of fact, not only is New Jersey in the top ten, but we're almost in the top five.

However, misery loves company and the states that surround us did just as poorly. More on that in a moment.

According to the editors at Zippia.com, the great Garden State is America's sixth grossest state.

As we all know, it's easy to beat up on New Jersey.

When those from other, lesser states (i.e. Delaware) think of us, they picture those stereotypical images of the refineries along the Turnpike, big cities shrouded in smog, endless traffic jams, and once-great cities that have fallen on hard times.

Camden NJ - Photo: Google Maps
Camden NJ - Photo: Google Maps

And while some of that is true, that is not New Jersey.

This is the Jersey that many of us know:

Sunset on the beach in Cape May County - Photo: Chris Coleman
Sunset on the beach in Cape May County - Photo: Chris Coleman

For their rankings, Zippia.com took things like pollution, trash, the spread of illness, and "some cultural factors" into account.

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So how did New Jersey get to be so high on the list?

They say,

The tiny, densely populated state of New Jersey has a trash problem. In fact, 0.0421% of the state is landfill- More than any other state in the country.

That's it?

What a crock.

At least we're not alone in our trashy misery.

Connecticut, New York, Pennsylvania, and Delaware, are all in the top ten.

Of course, you need to keep in mind that this is likely one of those lists made by people who haven't actually spent any time in New Jersey.

If that's the case, some Jersey-style expletives should be sent their way along with a giant seagull to steal their lunches and crap on their shoulders.

The Trashiest Towns in New Jersey

Up or down? Average property tax changes in NJ in 2022

Below are the average property tax bills for every municipality in New Jersey last year.

The towns are listed from the biggest cut in the average bill to the highest increase. On the county maps, the deeper red color means a higher increase above 2% whereas the darker green signifies a smaller increase or a reduction.

Each listing also shows how the average tax bill is split among the county, school and municipal governments.

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