jQuery Is Better Than React
melissa mcewen

I use React for very big projects, but my experience is that most of websites made in react are very well finished products, I don’t know if it’s because most of react developers are more experienced web developers or if the library itself an it’s ecosystem helps to get good and tested products. With state management you can do things that with jQuery is hard, and also, develop in react is getting cheaper with the new tools and UI frameworks available.

I think react is better even for small projects. It don’t make sense to learn react from scratch to just build a small website, but if you already know react, you will be more productive building everything in react.