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New Jersey – Originally a colony settled by the Dutch and Swedes, it was seized by England in the mid-17th century. It also played a pivotal role in the Industrial Revolution, which completely transformed the United States.

New Jersey is home to a population of around 8.7 million (ranked 11th in the US), with state square miles ranked 47th. This makes New Jersey the most densely populated state in the country. Industry and economy are often “lost” in some perceptions as being part of the greater New York area, but New Jersey's individual wealth generation is the second highest in the US. Key wealth generators include financial services, telecommunications, chemicals and agriculture.

1.56 Average violent crime per 1,000
13.79 Average property crime per 1,000

Income levels in New Jersey are typically considerably higher than US averages. Household average income at $80,000 is approximately a third higher and at $40,000 there is a similar margin for per capita income. New Jersey benefits from encouraging crime statistics, though inevitably there will be variations by localities. These statistics show:

  • New Jersey is the 3rd safest state for property crime (where 1st = lowest crime)
  • It has a violent crime rate that is less than half the national average (0.45 ratio) with 1.56 crimes per 1,000 against the national average of 3.47
  • Compared to national averages, property crime levels are also very low at a ratio of 0.34 based upon 13.79 crimes per 1,000 which compares to the national average of 40.43.

The top 5 safest areas in New Jersey are:

  1. River Vale Township
  2. Warren Township
  3. Washington Township, Morris County
  4. Ringwood
  5. Tenafly

Safest Cities in New Jersey, 2019

RankCityViolent CrimesProperty CrimesViolent Crime RateProperty Crime Rate
1River Vale Township1150.0971.461
2Warren Township3420.1842.582
3Washington Township, Morris County3420.1602.235
4Ringwood3370.2412.967
5Tenafly1650.0674.345
6Hillsdale-350.0003.301
7Chatham Township-390.0003.709
8Sparta Township9660.4793.509
9New Milford2750.1184.439
10Westwood9490.7944.326
11Madison4660.2474.080
12Bergenfield21030.0723.693
13Hasbrouck Heights2610.1634.965
14Monroe Township, Middlesex County41530.0873.346
15Denville Township1870.0595.175
16Branchburg Township3590.2023.981
17Berkeley Heights Township3730.2205.346
18Verona4760.2945.595
19Jefferson Township6930.2794.325
20Marlboro Township72440.1736.044
21Morris Township31020.1324.493
22Kinnelon5350.4873.406
23Robbinsville Township1830.0695.746
24Dumont4880.2224.884
25Ridgefield2730.1756.372
26Florham Park6810.5086.854
27West Caldwell Township8660.7265.993
28Franklin Lakes1710.0916.491
29Pequannock Township1960.0656.205
30Winslow Township321710.8124.339
31Mahwah Township91460.3365.457
32River Edge2630.1705.364
33Cranford Township31750.1237.160
34Raritan Township5910.2284.152
35Montgomery Township61030.2534.345
36Lincoln Park4720.3826.879
37New Providence-580.0004.495
38Manchester Township112240.2505.101
39Readington Township2790.1264.989
40Hopewell Township7990.3765.313
41Plainsboro Township81260.3395.346
42Bernards Township11170.0374.298
43Woolwich Township4660.3135.157
44Waldwick3640.2966.314
45Fort Lee262980.6837.823
46Hopatcong11710.7714.978
47Mount Olive Township91660.3065.644
48Wanaque6800.5036.709
49Randolph Township41170.1544.509
50Nutley Township222240.7637.769
51Clinton Township1710.0785.570
52Palisades Park151260.7135.991
53Cedar Grove Township4940.3167.417
54Wall Township192540.7329.786
55Barnegat Township81430.3536.313
56Springfield Township, Union County111420.6187.975
57Point Pleasant161220.8566.525
58Oakland8790.6045.965
59South River181241.0987.561
60Holmdel Township121500.7249.049
61Waterford Township3790.2777.303
62Princeton72290.2207.191
63Montville Township31460.1386.692
64Roselle Park31380.21810.039
65Stafford Township252010.9117.327
66Westfield32560.0998.449
67East Greenwich Township7590.6625.580
68Ramsey51390.3279.101
69Florence Township19821.4906.429
70Ridgewood61750.2336.802
71Parsippany-Troy Hills Township364130.6737.723
72Englewood753252.60511.287
73Aberdeen Township151550.8158.423
74Medford Township161340.6815.701
75Summit81920.3608.651
76Glen Rock2930.1667.717
77Rahway382951.2709.856
78Little Falls Township191151.3127.943
79Teaneck Township553901.3299.426
80Middlesex Borough81320.5769.498
81South Brunswick Township254370.5409.443
82Hillsborough Township92550.2236.317
83Edgewater101330.82110.917
84Scotch Plains Township102030.4108.328
85Bayonne1408102.08812.082
86Fairview211361.4419.332
87Livingston Township93390.30011.305
88Howell Township354070.6687.762
89Wyckoff Township81070.4606.159
90Middletown Township484970.7357.611
91Cliffside Park231800.9147.153
92Lyndhurst Township92250.3989.947
93Somerville101350.81511.009
94East Rutherford131351.29213.414
95West Milford Township252030.9347.583
96Red Bank241801.97814.833
97Sayreville293920.6388.623
98Little Ferry111270.99811.528
99Jackson Township244830.4188.415
100Clark Township52130.31113.243
101Weehawken Township153000.95619.129
102North Bergen Township964851.5127.639
103Ridgefield Park81660.60812.608
104Pompton Lakes131031.1639.216
105Bridgewater Township193870.4188.521
106North Arlington161430.9998.932
107Freehold Borough251292.10710.872
108Hazlet Township132230.65211.185
109Vernon Township81910.3608.606
110Berkeley Township244580.57110.895
111Bordentown Township121190.9829.741
112Rutherford112060.58510.955
113Harrison Township61020.4577.770
114Guttenberg221111.8759.458
115Roselle323271.46815.003
116East Windsor Township222350.7988.523
117Manalapan Township132490.3246.198
118Hammonton171771.18312.317
119Old Bridge Township445810.6558.651
120Roxbury Township52370.21310.097
121Hanover Township71900.47012.748
122West Windsor Township213010.73710.563
123West New York1085251.9949.694
124Metuchen121750.85812.517
125East Hanover Township41960.35417.370
126Rockaway Township113260.44513.188
127Fair Lawn233560.68110.545
128Piscataway Township545420.9299.327
129Morristown402882.08315.001
130Carteret443261.81213.425
131Bloomfield577831.16516.003
132Hackensack946722.07814.859
133Highland Park51860.35013.019
134Little Egg Harbor Township122860.56913.570
135Brick Township1071,0511.41613.908
136Edison Township1121,2101.09111.782
137Union Township719831.20216.647
138Lacey Township273120.93410.790
139Woodland Park171521.32411.842
140Montclair606501.53716.654
141Kearny516321.19914.861
142Ocean City123851.06434.128
143Wallington61410.50911.955
144South Orange Village292821.76817.188
145Secaucus334541.61122.167
146Jersey City1,3654,8415.09518.070
147Lakewood Township959310.9249.060
148East Orange4731,0597.25916.252
149Maplewood Township354141.40816.651
150East Brunswick Township246730.49013.729
151Perth Amboy1718433.22815.912
152Lower Township323261.46314.906
153Bound Brook171651.61315.659
154Belleville816472.22517.770
155Tinton Falls32700.16915.202
156Franklin Township, Gloucester County142150.84312.953
157Dover291901.58110.360
158Franklin Township, Somerset County487790.71211.547
159Newark2,5436,7948.96523.950
160Evesham Township285620.61812.402
161Atlantic City4251,73211.01044.869
162Pleasantville1163125.65015.197
163Burlington Township343081.49313.525
164Beachwood61340.53111.863
165Union City1641,2352.34117.630
166Ventnor City63270.58531.862
167Manville121691.14116.066
168Hawthorne22270.10511.922
169Wayne Township299790.52817.831
170South Plainfield284541.14518.562
171Saddle Brook Township92470.63417.407
172Woodbridge Township1041,6081.01815.745
173North Brunswick Township496881.14516.082
174Voorhees Township614102.06613.883
175Moorestown Township102740.48713.344
176Long Branch998393.22027.286
177Millburn Township74380.34321.449
178Toms River Township631,5450.68116.695
179Haddonfield51760.43715.378
180Hoboken1311,0642.36719.224
181West Deptford Township123490.56116.319
182Elmwood Park203480.97516.963
183Egg Harbor Township558121.26418.660
184Linden1311,0503.05024.448
185Middle Township364691.94225.294
186Mount Laurel Township385700.91113.665
187Delran Township112630.66215.835
188Monroe Township, Gloucester County445481.18414.741
189Somers Point212701.99925.704
190Ewing Township767432.10220.547
191Gloucester Township1011,1301.57617.630
192Glassboro173950.84419.619
193Hillside Township475882.12426.576
194Passaic3901,1635.48916.368
195Clifton1841,3862.12816.028
196Lodi433681.72114.731
197West Orange938391.95317.620
198Galloway Township736651.99118.134
199Eatontown323372.61127.492
200Willingboro Township925522.90017.399
201Harrison583413.45220.295
202Freehold Township455851.26616.464
203Washington Township, Gloucester County587641.20615.888
204Garfield595631.83017.467
205Ocean Township, Monmouth County306681.12625.078
206Paterson1,0283,3996.96123.014
207Gloucester City212801.84824.635
208Irvington4451,4098.13125.746
209Plainfield3211,0556.29620.693
210Totowa102880.91226.268
211Mantua Township132660.86017.589
212Trenton1,0832,19312.85726.036
213Pennsville Township142081.11416.555
214New Brunswick3601,3416.26323.329
215Bellmawr102310.86920.078
216Hamilton Township, Mercer County1261,9221.42021.663
217Orange City2459777.96731.770
218North Plainfield635082.83122.826
219Phillipsburg243671.66925.523
220Camden County Police Department1,4622,52619.67733.998
221Paramus141,1540.51742.622
222Lawrence Township, Mercer County196930.57721.045
223Asbury Park21374613.60547.649
224Lumberton Township232281.87218.558
225Pine Hill322493.01423.455
226Haddon Township153211.01821.791
227Pennsauken Township999272.74725.721
228Cinnaminson Township83360.47920.125
229Collingswood243521.70525.000
230Neptune Township1509135.40432.893
231Hamilton Township, Atlantic County378801.39733.230
232Cherry Hill Township962,0751.33828.921
233Pemberton Township1175674.25420.614
234Lindenwold1095046.22328.774
235Maple Shade Township314561.64924.259
236Elizabeth1,0344,5957.97135.421
237Bridgeton27299410.90739.860
238Deptford Township601,2271.95339.932
239Vineland2982,4144.92739.916
240Millville1601,5545.71855.532

METHODOLOGY

To identify the safest cities in New Jersey, we reviewed the most recent FBI Uniform Crime Report statistics. A total of 7,639 cities were factored into this ranking with populations ranging from 7,639 to 4,007,147. However, we eliminated any cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI and removed cities with populations under 10,000.

Overall, data from 8,793 law enforcement agencies that represented more 193 million of the US population helped us draw interesting insights between the size of the police force and incidence of crime.

There are two broad classifications of crimes: violent crimes and non-violent crimes. According to the FBI, “Violent crime is composed of four offenses: murder and non-negligent manslaughter, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. Violent crimes are defined in the UCR Program as those offenses that involve force or threat of force. Property crime includes the offenses of burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson. The object of the theft-type offenses is the taking of money or property, but there is no force or threat of force against the victims. ”

We computed the total number of crimes reported by each city by adding violent crimes and property crimes. We then rated them using the population of the city and created a crime rate as the number of crimes per 1,000 population. Then we transformed the total crime rate variable so that the skewness was reduced and we normalized it so the final number became a score between 0 and 1.

Next, we computed a new variable called Police Adequacy (TotalCrimes / Number of police employees). We consider that the smaller the police adequacy statistic is, the safer the city is. We transformed and normalized this police adequacy variable also, resulting in a score between 0 and 1. Finally, we combined the two scores to create a safety score for each city.

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