PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — With several casinos in Atlantic City and its proximity to casinos in both Pennsylvania and New York, it may come as no surprise that a study finds New Jersey is among the most gambling-addicted states.
WalletHub’s analysts compared the 50 states to determine where excessive gambling is most prevalent.READ MORE: SEPTA Union Unanimously Approves Strike If Deal Isn't Reached
According to the report, Nevada, South Dakota and Montana are the top three most gambling-addicted states. New Jersey ranked number six on the list.
While New Jersey didn’t make the top five most casinos per capita, or most gaming machines per capita, it did come in at number four for highest percentage of adults with gambling disorders, and number three for most gambling-related arrests.READ MORE: Double Shooting In Eastwick Kills 25-Year-Old Man, Wounds Pregnant Woman: Police
According to WalletHub, experts say, “While the estimated $240 billion gaming industry is no doubt a major contributor to the U.S. economy, its critics argue that gambling leads to social and economic problems, including gambling disorder and regressive taxes on residents of local economies where gambling facilities are present.”
To determine their rankings, WalletHub’s researchers compared the states across two dimensions, “Gambling-Friendliness” and “Gambling Problem & Treatment.”MORE NEWS: 'I Want To Go To Class': Philadelphia Students, Parents On Edge As Possible SEPTA Strike Could Force Virtual Learning
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