We all remember the lyric "I'm Proud to be an American" from the Lee Greenwood song God Bless The USA, the song that became famous after September 11, 2001. But just because you may be a "Proud American" doesn't mean you have pride in the state where you live.

Yes, no state is the perfect place to live in, every area of America has flaws or can be improved in some way.  But some United States residents are more proud of where they live than others.

The online Casino company PlayStar surveyed thousands of Americans to find out what states have the most pride in where they live.  The people surveyed were asked questions about that state's culture, green spaces, affordable living, Food options, and how friendly the people are who live in their state.

Are New Jersey Residents Proud of Where they live?

Well "Survey Says" that 68 percent of New Jersey residents say they are proud to work and live in The Garden State. That lands New Jersey in seventh place among the top ten most "Proudest states" in America. The top reason why people from New Jersey are most proud of their state is the Food, with 70 percent of people surveyed stating they love the food options here in the Garden State.

The state of New Jersey would be higher in the rankings if it wasn't for residents' displeasure with the high cost of living. The only states with a high percentage of their residents more unhappy with Living Affordability are New York and Florida.

Considering the state of New Jersey is the third Most Expensive State for Household Expenses in the United States, I am not surprised so many Garden State residents are unhappy with the Cost of Living here.

New Jersey residents are also more proud to live in their state compared to their neighbors.  While the state of New York's residents are right behind New Jerseyans in eighth place, Pennsylvania residents are not even in the top 15 of Proudest States according to PlayStar survey results.

Here are the top ten "proudest" states in America:

1. Minnesota
2. Hawaii
3. Massachusetts
4. Maine
5. Oregon
6. Colorado
7. New Jersey
8. New York
9. Connecticut
10. Arkansas

I have lived more than half of my life in Cape May County and here are some reasons why I am proud to live in New Jersey's Southernmost county:

10 Favorite Things about Cape May County, NJ

The history of Cape May County predates the formation of the United States of America by about 100 years as it was one of the first counties established in what was originally known as the West New Jersey Provence. Cape May County's historical records go back as far as 1685 and the County was originally established in 1692. Cape May County has been a huge part of my life and that of my family's for decades, so I wanted to share with you my favorite aspects of the southern most County in the state of New Jersey.

Gallery Credit: Josh Hennig/Townsquare Media

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