Chock-full of both sprawling metropolises and farmland, plus ferry boats, engaging museums, quiet towns and sunny beaches, New Jersey is both incredibly beautiful and highly industrious. New Jersey isn’t the first state that comes to mind when considering safety; however, many places within the state actually have significantly lower crime rates than the majority of America. The most densely populated state in relation to size in the entire country, the Garden State of New Jersey is recognized by its constant growth towards an overall more successful and impactful future. Fun fact: New Jersey maintains the most diners in one area compared to the rest of the world, and is sometimes referred to as the "Diner Capital" because of it.

23,355 avg population
1 violent crime rate per 1,000 people
14 property crime rate per 1,000 people

Safety has always been an important factor when searching for a new place to call home, but a wavering political system combined with an increase in violent crime has made safety the number one priority for many Americans. Because navigating through crime statistics can be a difficult and time-consuming process, we’ve done it for you.

1.  WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, MORRIS COUNTY

Washington Township in Morris County is an absolutely beautiful town, spanning almost 45 miles and housing 18,745 residents. Washington Township maintains a violent crime rate just under 97% below the national average, and, similarly, property crimes remain about 93% below. This town is incredibly family friendly and holds regular events for all ages. Everyone is very involved when it comes to the community as volunteering and an overarching kindness has become staple. It’s also a magnificent place to revel in nature, as the gorgeous forests and rivers are regularly cleaned of litter by volunteers.

18,745 Population
2 Violent Crimes
33 Property Crimes

2. PARK RIDGE

Park Ridge is 2.6 square miles of lovely little borough and home to 8,872 people. Those residing in Park Ridge are proud of their community, with the likelihood of being affected by a violent crime at just 3.3%. With a property crime rate 93.2% lower than average for America, Park Ridge is not only beautiful and historically wealthy, but the second safest place to live in New Jersey. Fun fact: Park Ridge features many historic sites and houses, along with the world's only wampum drilling machine - a wooden invention made to drill through hair pipe shells so they could be worn as breastplates.

8,872 Population
1 Violent Crimes
17 Property Crimes

3. MENDHAM TOWNSHIP

If you’re looking for water and security, Mendham Township is the place for you. This quaint town of 17.8 square miles and 5,889 people is absolutely full of babbling brooks, silver streams, rambunctious rivers, and - once - an abundance of natural minerals. Property crimes in Mendham Township are 92.8% less likely to happen than the national average and violent crimes actually - thanks to the reliability of Mendham Township residents - are 95% less likely to occur than the American average. Though Mendham has changed significantly since first being industrialized, it’s maintained a rustic, rural atmosphere. With carefully preserved houses and farms, those in Mendham Township appreciate the separation from urban areas - living much more simply and happily.

5,889 Population
1 Violent Crimes
12 Property Crimes

4. NEW HANOVER TOWNSHIP

Boasting a low property crime rate of only 4.8%, New Hanover Township is one of the most safe and secure towns in New Jersey. The 22.4 miles that make up this beautiful, green town of 7,227 features impressive houses and countless opportunities for residents, as well as tourists. New Hanover Township is as charming as it is safe, with sprawling barns and a variety of parks to explore. Its violent crime average is just 16.4% below the average for America, making New Hanover Township incredibly safe for everyone in it. Most everyone residing in New Hanover Township is very involved in the community which only emphasizes the closeness and security of the town.

7,227 Population
4 Violent Crimes
10 Property Crimes

5. WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, BERGEN GOUNTY

One of five "Washington Township" municipalities, the Berger County Township of Washington is just as beautiful as the other four, and significantly safer than three. An impressive 9,341 people are packed into town of just less than 3 square miles, working together to keep the violent crime rate at a mere 3.2%, and - while a bit more frequent than other towns in New Jersey - the property crime rate remains at just 10.2%. The winding streets offer a break from the frantic highways that surround the town and one of the many interests on the Township of Washington includes "Seven Chimneys," where George Washington is rumored to have stayed in at some point. Though progress must continue, the Township of Washington is working to preserve the stunning 18th century houses and historic areas, and keep the town homey and safe.

9,341 Population
1 Violent Crimes
27 Property Crimes

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The Top 50 Safest Cities in New Jersey, 2017

1. Washington Township, Morris County

11. Clinton Township

21. Mountainside

31. Branchburg Township

41. Glen Rock

2. Park Ridge

12. Chatham Township

22. Sparta Township

32. Montgomery Township

42. Holland Township 

3. Mendham Township

13. Mendham

23. Ridgefield

33. Randolph Township

43. Fanwood

4. New Hanover Township

14. Monroe Township, Middlesex County

24. Byram Township

34. Bergenfield

44. Oakland

5. Washington Township, Bergen County

15. Cresskill

25. Mahwah Township

35. Closter

45. Raritan Township

6. Montvale

16. Colts Neck Township

26. New Milford

36. Dumont

46. Hillsborough Township

7. Bernards Township

17. Warren Township

27. Madison

37. Upper Saddle River

47. Denville Township

8. Old Tappan

18. Chesterfield Township

28. Wyckoff Township

38. Franklin Lakes

48. Waterford Township

9. Kinnelon

19. Long Hill Township

29. Woolwich Township

39. Oradell

49. North Haledon

10. Hillsdale

20. Wood-Ridge

30. Emerson

40. Ringwood

​50. Hasbrouck Heights

METHODOLOGY

To identify the safest cities in New Jersey, we reviewed the most recent FBI Uniform Crime Report statistics along with our own population data and internal research. We eliminated any cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI and removed cities with populations under 5,000. Note that our use of the word "cities" is versatile, refers to populations of 5,000 and over, and thus includes places with the words "town" and "township."


The remaining cities were ranked based on the number of reported violent crimes (aggravated assault, murder, rape, and robbery) and property crimes (burglary, arson, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft) per 100,000 people. These variables were then weighted, with violent crimes accounting for 70% of the total (due to their severity) and property crimes accounting for 30%. Finally, we moved the decimal point over a few spots to show rates per 1,000 people.

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