10 Most Dangerous Cities In New Jersey For 2020


We used data and science to identify the most dangerous cities in the Garden State for 2020.

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This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. It is our fifth time ranking the most dangerous places to live in New Jersey and is updated for 2020.

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It appears that there are some things more dangerous in New Jersey than a drunk Snookie and a slow driver on the Garden State Parkway. New Jersey has its fair share of dangerous cities, too.

Lucky for you, we have the top ten most dangerous cities in New Jersey for 2020 broken down below. Why did we produce this list? Well, one goal is to definitely help people navigate these dangerous cities when trying to make an informed decision on what city they should call home. Let’s be real, we’re not talking about accidentally eating a moldy Jersey bagel kind of danger. The type of danger we’re talking about gets people on News 12.

To compile our list, we looked at violent crimes and property crimes in cities with a population of 5,000. That left us with 354, said, Jersey cities. Folks, the cities that made our list have robberies happening in broad daylight, car jackings, and daily shootings. There are neighborhoods in these cities that you shouldn’t drive thru, ever, and there are areas that you definitely shouldn’t be in after dark. We’re not saying that there aren’t little pockets of goodness in these Jersey cities like Newark and Jersey City. There are neighborhoods and shopping centers in these cities that are not ALL bad. We do, however, recommend that you spend some time studying them before you make a move.

It’s not entirely New Jersey’s fault. They have the highest population per capita. As with most situations, there’s bound to be problems with that many people: especially that many New Jerseyites in one area. To see where these New Jersey cities with more issues than the people on the Sopranos are located, take a look below.

Here are the 10 most dangerous cities in New Jersey for 2020:

  1. Wildwood (Photos)
  2. Asbury Park (Photos)
  3. Camden (Photos)
  4. Woodbury (Photos)
  5. Trenton (Photos)
  6. Millville (Photos)
  7. Bridgeton (Photos)
  8. Elizabeth (Photos)
  9. Atlantic City (Photos)
  10. Vineland (Photos)

What are the circumstances that make these New Jersey cities this way? Maybe not enough jobs, low wages, drugs, gangs; and in New Jersey’s case, angry citizens after a Boston “any team’ win?

We’re not entirely sure. But one thing we are sure about is that our number one most dangerous city in New Jersey is Wildwood.

The New Jersey cities on our most dangerous list could definitely use a hug. So, if you’re into the whole hugging thing, or you’re just curious to see if your city made the list, take a look at our list below. And if you don’t see your city there, head to the bottom.

Learn more about the safest places in New Jersey.

If you’re looking for something more national, check out the most dangerous cities in America or the most dangerous states in America.

For more New Jersey reading, check out:

Graphing The Most Dangerous And Safest Places In New Jersey

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The 10 Most Dangerous Places To Live In New Jersey For 2020

Wildwood, NJ

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Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 5,035
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 794 (5th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 6,236 (2nd most dangerous)
More on Wildwood:  Data | Photos

The trajectory of Wildwood’s crime rate gives it a 1st place finish in our analysis.

Violent crime shot up from 2017-2018, while instances of property crime also went up.

That left residents of Wildwood with a 1 in 125 chance of being the victim of a violent crime in 2018.

Review Of Wildwood by HomeSnacks User

The data is skewed for wildwood and all shore towns. Its a crimes per capita calculation, which doesnt account for the huge non-resident population increases during the summer months.

Population: 5,087

Rank Last Year: 1

Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,277

Property Crimes Per 100k: 8,846

Wildwood is a family great town to visit. These datasets are just plain wrong.

Asbury Park, NJ

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Population: 15,717
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,107 (3rd most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,154 (5th most dangerous)
More on Asbury Park:  Data | Photos

Located on the Jersey Shore in east-central New Jersey, Asbury Park ranks as the 2nd most dangerous.

The 1.6 sq. mile city has not seen any improvements in its violent crime in recent years, but property crime did drop by an impressive amount between 2017-2018.

That’s good, because without this improvement, Asbury Park’s property crime rate would be the worst in New Jersey.

Review Of Asbury Park by HomeSnacks User

There are so many things to do in Asbury Park, and you will never be bored! From restaurants, to venues, to bars and so much more, you will find something you’ll love.

My favorite places in Asbury Park are The Beach Bar and Biergarten. Both are different, but so much fun. I also love the beach!

Camden, NJ

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5
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Population: 73,140
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,637 (1st most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,033 (16th most dangerous)
More on Camden:  Data | Photos

Camden, located in Camden County, is the 3rd most dangerous and most violent city in New Jersey.

Violent crime has remained high from 2017-2018, during which time property crime fell by only small amounts.

Woodbury, NJ

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Population: 9,746
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 543 (15th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,340 (4th most dangerous)
More on Woodbury:  Data | Photos

Located in south Jersey, Woodbury is the smallest city to make this list.

Violent crime rose between 2017-2018, leaving residents a 1 in 183 chance of being the victim of violence in 2018 (a rate that would earn a top 10 spot in most states).

Woodbury’s already horrible property crime statistics also got worse in these years, going up between 2017-2018.

Trenton, NJ

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Population: 83,753
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 6)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,161 (2nd most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,945 (19th most dangerous)
More on Trenton:  Data | Photos

New Jersey’s capital, Trenton, almost escaped being included on this list, but being the 5th most violent city in the state kept it in the top ten most dangerous.

Residents of Trenton had a 1 in 86 chance of being the victim of a violent crime in 2018.

Property crime also went down to a 1 in 33.9 chance in 2017-2018, meaning, if the trends continue, Trenton may avoid this list altogether come next year.

Review Of Trenton by HomeSnacks User

I grew up in Trenton. It was close to everything, malls, food, and shops. You name it! We kept our doors unlocked and everyone knew their neighbor. It wasn’t a very rich city but people were friendly and there was low crime. Fast forward to today, 39 years later, things are a lot different. Shops are closed, crime is high, streets a loaded with trash and everyone is fighting each other. No one goes to Trenton anymore.

I wouldn’t recommend a trip to Trenton unless you are visiting relatives or have an appointment during the day with a business. Bullets are always crossing the streets from gang fights. I’d recommend going else where.

Millville, NJ

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Population: 27,837
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 456 (18th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,371 (3rd most dangerous)
More on Millville:  Data | Photos

Located in southern New Jersey, Millville is the 18th most violent of the most dangerous cities, but it’s 3rd in terms of property crime.

That is partially due to a hike in property crime from 2017-2018, which left residents with a 1 in 22.9 chance of being the victim of theft or arson in 2018.

Violent crime also went up during this period, so Millville’s trend means it might stay in the top for a few years.

Bridgeton, NJ

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Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 24,386
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 832 (4th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,952 (17th most dangerous)
More on Bridgeton:  Data | Photos

A city of Cumberland County, Bridgeton’s motto is “Come Celebrate.”

With regards to crime, Bridgeton has little to celebrate of late, with violent and property crime rates each going up by roughly 11% between 2017-2018.

There’s now a 1 in 26.4 chance of being the victim of a crime.

Elizabeth, NJ

Overall SnackAbility

5
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Population: 129,080
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 694 (10th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,100 (13th most dangerous)
More on Elizabeth:  Data | Photos

You have a 1 in 32.3 chance of being the victim of a property crime in Elizabeth and a 1 in 143 chance of being the victim of a violent crime.

Atlantic City, NJ

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Overall SnackAbility

6
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Population: 38,271
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 6)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 721 (9th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,085 (14th most dangerous)
More on Atlantic City:  Data | Photos

A resort city known for its casinos, boardwalks, and beaches as well as inspiring the board of Monopoly, Atlantic City is also the home to quite a bit of crime.

Despite the fact that violent crime and property crime dropped between 2017-2018, Atlantic City’s crime statistics are still pretty terrible.

In 2018, residents still faced a 1 in 138 chance of being the victim of violence, and a 1 in 1,181 chance of being the victim of a property crime for every year they spent in AC city limits.

Review Of Atlantic City by HomeSnacks User

Everything runs fine, but tall building and beach life really goes hand and hand and not a whole lot of crime besides summer party goers.

Casinos, and good food. It’s a time and place to relax and could find work if needed to move.

Vineland, NJ

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Overall SnackAbility

5
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Population: 60,330
Rank Last Year: 9 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 427 (20th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,349 (10th most dangerous)
More on Vineland:  Data | Photos

Vineland has been on the rankings the past couple of years and now finds itself as the 10th most dangerous city in New Jersey. Vineland’s ranking for violent crime and property were 20th and 10th, respectively. Overall, like every other city in our top 10, it scored an F when it comes to crime.

How Is Your Town In ?

How we determined the most dangerous cities in New Jersey for 2020?

Every year the FBI release two crime datasets, a preliminary dataset limited to the biggest cities in the country, followed by a more detailed release at the end of the year.

For our analysis, we focused on the JUST released 2018 data, specifically the 2018 Crime In The United States Report. We will update the results when data becomes available in September 2020.

So what criteria did we use? Have a look:

  • Violent Crimes Per Capita
  • Property Crimes Per Capita

In order to make the analysis as apples to apples as possible, we only considered cities over 5,000 in population. That left us with 354 cities in New Jersey.

We then ranked each city from 1 to 354 for the two criteria with a #1 ranking being the most dangerous for the particular criteria.

Next, we averaged the two rankings into one “Dangerous Index”.

Finally, we ranked every city on the “Dangerous Index” with the lowest index being the most dangerous in New Jersey — Wildwood.

Read on for a detailed look at the 10 most dangerous cities in New Jersey.

Locking It All Up In New Jersey

The latest FBI crime data shows that Wildwood ranks as the most dangerous city in New Jersey for 2020.

We want to point out again that there’s still safes places in Wildwood and that this isn’t a comment on the people that live there. So please don’t beat us up.

If you’re curious enough, here are the safest cities in New Jersey:

  1. Chesterfield Township (Pop. 7,567)
  2. Matawan (Pop. 8,864)
  3. New Hanover Township (Pop. 7,504)

For more New Jersey reading, check out:

Where Are The Most Dangerous Cities In New Jersey?

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per Capita Property Crimes Per Capita
1 Wildwood 5,035 794 6,236
2 Asbury Park 15,717 1,107 4,154
3 Camden 73,140 1,637 3,033
4 Woodbury 9,746 543 4,340
5 Trenton 83,753 1,161 2,945
6 Millville 27,837 456 4,371
7 Bridgeton 24,386 832 2,952
8 Elizabeth 129,080 694 3,100
9 Atlantic City 38,271 721 3,085
10 Vineland 60,330 427 3,349

About Chris Kolmar

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15 thoughts on “10 Most Dangerous Cities In New Jersey For 2020

  1. “Meant as infotainment….”
    Bunch of BS to get stupid people who don’t read the fine print worked up.
    About as irresponsible as most media these days.

  2. I live in millville south nj oak view apt complex this is night mare for this place me and my family we can’t not live and this condition no more this is terrible.

  3. Statistics aren’t everything. Need to add a few columns on how safe people feel and include younger people whose statistics often don’t show up, how about count ‘bullying’ complaints. For some examples, Cherry Hill isn’t low on violence, they make up for it with dangerous schools when they’re young and with racism in stealthy ways they can get away with if you’re near them – still in Camden County. Tenafly safe? It’s like a police state, police setup roadblocks stopping women with babies and stop everyone entering the city. People and police tell others they don’t belong there and treat outsiders very poorly, don’t put your kids in schools there. Bad place and dangerous to anyone entering. Police and courts do the violence which doesn’t show up on statistics and their reputation is very bad. They segregate every people, kids complain about racial violence in Tenafly school and it comes back from them to everyone else. The local court is considered among the most corrupt in the state.

    This also seems heavily moderated unless it takes weeks for comments to post – freedom of speech? Presence of links? Maybe roadsnacks should post how many comments make and don’t make it.

  4. Camden!! Half of these cities/towns are nowhere near as dangerous as Camden! Not reporting crimes to the FBI is a crock of chit! We all know how bad it is there!!

    1. Yes Camden is ranked one of the most dangerous cities in the COUNTRY and so is Newark and that was from a much more credible source.

  5. Your data, at least in one instance, is skewed. I am not from Wildwood, nor do I visit if vacation alternatives are available, BUT…it is one of the major tourist attractions, drawing visitors from near and far, with many traveling in from PA and many more from CANADA! Your population is absolutely calculated on residents, while the crime rate skyrockets during the tourist season, leaving the percentage of crimes vs. # of residents seriously tilted. It is a ‘nightlife’ destination, and those visiting are often not the most courteous of their vacation choice. You should check the statistics for resident vs. %of crime by those with actual Wildwood adresses.

  6. I am going to anime that #4 is supposed to be Camden City ( not Camden County Police Department) If that is correct, that is a HUGE proofreading error. Someone should be fired for missing that.

  7. This survey and its results are irresponsible. Local news reports these statistics as they are. Your spurious deductions on the data are neither valid nor reliable. Try determining the rate of crime based on the population of a community at a given time. That would be a lot of work but, if its to be reported in a quality of life story, which yours is, then the only answer would be to glean your deductions from extremely rigorous data. Reporting sports with loose correlates is entertainment, but reporting crime trends is a serious matter. You have to get it right to be fair to the residents and businesses of a community.

  8. The Wildwoods hosts over 9 million visitors per year; the total number of permanent residents is only 5,070 in the City of Wildwood.
    The NJ crime rankings do not take these millions of visitors into account; it only reviews the crimes committed vs. the number of permanent residents; so the ranking is fundamentally flawed from the start. If you take into account the total visitors versus the number of crimes committed the crime rate is extremely low in Wildwood.
    The Wildwoods are the #1 family vacation destination along the New Jersey Shore and always provide a safe and inviting environment for families in town.

  9. Wildwood most dangerous place to be? Are you crazy? Tell that to our tourist that visit us every year. Please make sure to do your research better next time. And yes i am a Wildwood NJ resident and a business owner year round. Thank you for the bad publicity.

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