Numbers: Aug. 20, 2001

GARDEN SPOT New Jersey doesn't get much respect, but the state is No. 1 in all sorts of ways:

$54,226 Median household income, surpassing perennially richest state Connecticut

570 Number of diners, most in nation

$1,034 Average cost of auto insurance, highest in the country

5,000 Number of silver souvenir spoons in a collection at Lambert Castle Museum in Paterson, most in the U.S.

Sources: U.S. Census Bureau, Jersey Diners (Rutgers Univ. Press), Nat'l Assoc. of Insurance Commissioners, Passaic County Historical Society

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