These Are The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In New Jersey


We looked at three years of FBI crime data to identify the most dangerous cities in the Garden State.

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Do you live in one of the most dangerous cities in New Jersey?

We all watch the news and see the Facebook feeds come across of the latest crimes that are happening in our home towns. While a major crime just blocks away from your house can make you feel really uneasy, in the big picture, most likely, where you live is relatively safe.

Tony Soprano’s hometown isn’t on the list, but the state’s capital is – go figure. The most dangerous city in New Jersey might surprise you, since it’s such a popular tourist destination, but the numbers don’t lie.

Instead of relying on speculation, we dug into the FBI crime data in order to identify the most dangerous places in New Jersey. And in a fun twist, Camden didn’t report crime in 2013 to the FBI, so it wasn’t one of the cities we looked at. So please don’t complain (loudly) in the comments.

The result is the following list of top ten most dangerous cities in the Garden State (minus Camden):

  1. Atlantic City (Photos)
  2. Asbury Park (Photos)
  3. Millville (Photos)
  4. Bridgeton (Photos)
  5. Irvington
  6. Newark (Photos)
  7. Neptune Township
  8. Woodbury (Photos)
  9. Lindenwold (Photos)
  10. Trenton (Photos)
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How we determined the most dangerous places in New Jersey

While there are surveys and public polls on what cities in a state are the most dangerous, we didn’t want to rely on speculation and opinion. Instead, we looked at the hard numbers from the FBI’s last three years of reporting. Specifically, we analyzed the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report which summarizes the number of property crimes and violent crimes in each city per year.

Violent crimes are defined as rapes, murders, robberies and aggravated assaults.

We only looked at cities that have populations of more than 10,000 people as of 2013, which is the last year the report was available. This left us with a total of 234 cities in New Jersey to rank.

Finally, we made 2013 factor more heavily than 2012, since more recent crimes are a bigger determining factor in how dangerous a place is. You can see our overall ranking at the bottom of the post.

We must note that this report is not an analysis of the effectiveness of local police departments. It simply states where crimes occurred most frequently.

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1. Atlantic City

Most Dangerous Cities in New Jersey

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 39,482
Violent Crime Rank: 1
Property Crime Rank: 2

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 fell by 8% and property crime dropped by 19% between 2011-13, Atlantic City’s crime statistics are still pretty terrible.

In 2013, residents still faced a 1 in 58 chance of being the victim of violence, and a 1 in 16 chance of being the victim of a property crime for every year they spent in AC city limits.

2. Asbury Park

Most Dangerous Cities in New Jersey

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,779
Violent Crime Rank: 2
Property Crime Rank: 3

Located on the Jersey Shore in east-central New Jersey, Asbury Park has only about 3% less violent crime than Atlantic City.

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 52% between 2011-13.

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

3. Millville

Most Dangerous Cities in New Jersey

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 28,661
Violent Crime Rank: 9
Property Crime Rank: 1

Located in southern New Jersey, Millville is the least violent of the top 5 most dangerous cities, but it’s the worst in terms of property crime.

That is partially due to a 36% hike in property crime from 2011-13, which left residents with a 1 in 12 chance of being the victim of theft or arson in 2013.

Violent crime also went up by 13% during this period, so while the top 2 cities on this list are improving, Millville’s trend means it might move to the top in a few years.

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4. Bridgeton

Most Dangerous Cities in New Jersey

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 25,280
Violent Crime Rank: 5
Property Crime Rank: 8

Another 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 2011-3.

Still, there’s 78% less property crime in Bridgeton than in Millville.

5. Irvington

Most Dangerous Cities in New Jersey

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 54,246
Violent Crime Rank: 3
Property Crime Rank: 18

A city in Essex County in northern Jersey, Irvington has seen its population fall by 10% over the last decade.

Perhaps that has something to do with the high rate of violent crime, with residents facing a 1 in 67 chance of being the victim of violence in 2014, a 12% rise from 2011.

On the bright side, instances of property crime also fell by 16% during this time period.

6. Newark

Most Dangerous Cities in New Jersey

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 278,246
Violent Crime Rank: 6
Property Crime Rank: 15

The most populated city in New Jersey, Newark is located in northern Jersey, about 15 miles west of Manhattan.

While the rate of property crime dropped by 12% between 2011-13, violent crime went up by 8%.

This left Newark residents with a 1 in 79 chance of being the victim of violence in 2013, which is about 18% less common than in Irvington.

7. Neptune Township

Most Dangerous Cities in New Jersey

Source: Google Maps

Population: 27,856
Violent Crime Rank: 18
Property Crime Rank: 7

Located in central Jersey and named after the Roman god, Neptune Township experienced a substantial 51% drop in its property crime rate between 2011-13.

That’s a difference of residents having about a 1 in 15 shot of being the victim of theft or arson in 2011 and a 1 in 23 shot in 2013.

Violent crime, meanwhile, remained at around the same level.

8. Woodbury

Most Dangerous Cities in New Jersey

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,073
Violent Crime Rank: 22
Property Crime Rank: 5

Located in south Jersey, Woodbury is the smallest city to make this list, and also the least violent.

But it seems that the city is intent on changing that – violent crime rose by 55% between 2011-13, leaving residents a 1 in 224 chance of being the victim of violence in 2013 (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 by 20% from 2011-13.

9. Lindenwold

Most Dangerous Cities in New Jersey

Source: Google Maps

Population: 17,863
Violent Crime Rank: 14
Property Crime Rank: 16

Another south Jersey city, Lindenwold isn’t in the top ten for violent or property crime, but relatively bad rates of each earn it a spot in the top ten most dangerous cities overall.

Things have been improving at a pretty good pace though, with both types of crime falling by more than 15% between 2011-13.

10. Trenton

Most Dangerous Cities in New Jersey

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 84,439
Violent Crime Rank: 4
Property Crime Rank: 27

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

Residents of Trenton had a 1 in 75 chance of being the victim of a violent crime in 2013, which, at least, was an 8% drop from 2011.

Property crime also went down by 11% between 2011-13, meaning, if the trends continue, Trenton may avoid this list altogether come next year.

Closing the books

So when you pull away bias and opinions, that’s the set of top ten most dangerous places in New Jersey that the data delivers.

Better luck next year Trenton.

Detailed List Of Dangerous Cities In New Jersey

City Population Violent Crime Rank Property Crime Rank Rank
Atlantic City 39,482 1 2 1
Asbury Park 15,779 2 3 2
Millville 28,661 9 1 3
Bridgeton 25,280 5 8 4
Irvington 54,246 3 18 5
Newark 278,246 6 15 5
Neptune Township 27,856 18 7 7
Woodbury 10,073 22 5 8
Lindenwold 17,863 14 16 9
Trenton 84,439 4 27 10
Elizabeth 127,067 11 21 11
Paterson 145,082 8 25 12
Orange 30,952 7 31 13
Vineland 60,863 28 10 13
Plainfield 50,433 10 34 15
New Brunswick 56,542 17 29 16
Middle Township 18,861 38 12 17
Pennsauken Township 35,788 35 17 18
Deptford Township 30,492 46 6 18
Pleasantville 20,909 13 45 20
Long Branch 30,602 24 36 21
Hillside Township 21,689 25 35 21
Pine Hill 10,704 23 39 23
Eatontown 12,405 52 11 24
Harrison 13,975 21 43 25
Somers Point 10,806 43 24 26
Morristown 18,552 20 48 27
Linden 41,041 37 32 28
Totowa 10,985 51 20 29
Pemberton Township 27,949 32 40 30
Gloucester City 11,453 44 30 31
Hamilton Township, Atlantic County 26,788 66 13 32
Perth Amboy 52,093 19 65 33
Collingswood 13,875 65 19 33
Belleville 36,229 41 46 35
Phillipsburg 14,619 55 33 36
Willingboro Township 31,914 27 64 37
Gloucester Township 64,440 36 56 38
Cherry Hill Township 71,145 72 22 39
Jersey City 256,886 15 80 40
Bloomfield 47,710 40 55 40
Paramus 26,628 95 4 42
East Orange 64,425 16 86 43
Passaic 70,445 12 92 44
Roselle 21,388 33 75 45
Ocean City 11,473 100 9 46
Pennsville Township 13,183 86 28 47
Ocean Township, Monmouth County 27,180 71 44 48
Ventnor City 10,604 101 14 48
Glassboro 19,038 68 50 50
Kearny 41,677 60 59 51
Maple Shade Township 19,291 61 58 51
South Orange 16,297 50 70 53
Garfield 31,035 58 63 54
Hamilton Township, Mercer County 88,993 56 66 55
Lumberton Township 12,516 97 26 56
Freehold 12,108 29 95 57
Egg Harbor Township 43,709 49 76 58
Union City 68,254 26 100 59
Red Bank 12,174 59 67 59
Hoboken 52,771 39 88 61
Hackensack 44,180 47 84 62
Bellmawr 11,554 77 54 62
Haddon Township 14,732 89 42 62
Lawrence Township, Mercer County 33,172 92 41 65
Lower Township 22,467 85 49 66
North Plainfield 22,030 48 89 67
Clifton 85,022 54 90 68
Maplewood Township 24,230 67 78 69
Bound Brook 10,791 83 62 69
Toms River Township 92,332 123 23 71
Ewing Township 36,449 62 85 72
Englewood 27,782 30 118 73
Weehawken Township 12,937 75 73 73
Galloway Township 37,304 45 104 75
Winslow Township 39,212 42 109 76
Cinnaminson Township 16,686 96 61 77
Secaucus 19,119 119 38 77
Rahway 27,930 53 106 79
Little Egg Harbor Township 20,412 82 79 80
Monroe Township, Gloucester County 36,798 104 57 80
Dover 18,352 64 98 82
Woodbridge Township 100,568 94 74 83
Union Township 57,335 76 93 84
Freehold Township 36,048 118 53 85
Washington Township, Gloucester County 48,110 122 51 86
Somerville 12,174 87 87 87
Voorhees Township 29,284 93 81 87
Moorestown Township 20,706 108 68 89
Montclair 37,962 69 110 90
Carteret 24,484 63 117 91
Lodi 24,462 79 103 92
Franklin Township, Gloucester County 16,740 110 72 92
West New York 52,102 31 152 94
Manville 10,412 133 52 95
Elmwood Park 20,077 90 97 96
North Brunswick Township 41,425 105 83 97
East Hanover Township 11,350 84 105 98
West Orange 46,794 74 119 99
Bayonne 64,950 57 139 100
Burlington Township 22,750 88 112 101
Guttenberg 11,431 34 167 102
Franklin Township, Somerset County 63,829 102 108 103
Lacey Township 27,865 142 69 104
Millburn Township 20,177 174 37 104
South Plainfield 23,789 111 102 106
Brick Township 75,371 103 111 107
Fairview 14,358 73 142 108
Wayne Township 54,917 155 60 108
Tinton Falls 17,849 168 47 108
Teaneck Township 40,245 91 126 111
Bordentown Township 11,357 98 125 112
South River 16,198 80 145 113
Waterford Township 10,747 81 146 114
Aberdeen Township 18,150 107 120 114
Edison Township 101,316 99 130 116
Mantua Township 15,097 135 94 116
Edgewater 12,143 124 107 118
Delran Township 16,862 115 121 119
North Bergen Township 62,436 78 159 120
Mount Laurel Township 41,839 140 99 121
Beachwood 11,110 144 96 122
Cliffside Park 23,991 70 178 123
Haddonfield 11,590 147 101 123
Point Pleasant 18,458 128 122 125
West Deptford Township 21,497 173 77 125
Wallington 11,683 130 124 127
Stafford Township 27,063 165 91 128
Little Falls Township 14,504 114 144 129
Sayreville 44,174 120 140 130
Rockaway Township 24,444 179 82 131
Lakewood Township 92,664 109 154 132
Saddle Brook Township 14,152 193 71 133
Old Bridge Township 66,528 131 135 134
East Brunswick Township 48,073 150 116 134
Highland Park 14,420 154 115 136
North Arlington 15,597 134 138 137
Lyndhurst Township 21,477 139 133 137
Howell Township 51,100 126 149 139
Barnegat Township 21,544 112 169 140
West Milford Township 26,095 125 157 141
Evesham Township 45,798 152 134 142
Rutherford 18,291 172 114 142
Little Ferry 10,774 121 166 144
Hanover Township 13,951 132 156 145
Wall Township 26,051 159 129 145
Hammonton 14,737 137 153 147
Ramsey 14,826 116 175 148
Metuchen 13,748 163 128 148
West Windsor Township 28,557 180 113 150
Piscataway Township 58,259 117 177 151
Pompton Lakes 11,163 127 168 152
Jackson Township 55,817 148 150 153
Livingston Township 29,621 171 127 153
Woodland Park 12,636 169 131 155
Nutley Township 28,660 138 165 156
Florence Township 12,397 106 198 157
South Brunswick Township 44,575 157 148 158
Springfield 17,238 164 143 159
Middletown Township 66,246 146 164 160
Medford Township 23,285 160 151 161
Fair Lawn 33,015 153 160 162
Holmdel Township 16,657 178 136 163
Princeton 28,688 158 158 164
Ridgefield Park 12,923 145 173 165
Vernon Township 23,443 195 123 165
Lincoln Park 10,522 141 180 167
Fort Lee 35,900 129 197 168
Scotch Plains Township 23,914 143 183 168
Harrison Township 12,616 182 147 170
Roxbury Township 23,599 198 132 171
Palisades Park 20,062 113 218 172
East Greenwich Township 10,218 162 172 173
Bridgewater Township 45,009 199 137 174
Hopatcong 14,857 136 203 175
Hawthorne 18,945 200 141 176
Roselle Park 13,593 151 192 177
Robbinsville Township 14,046 181 163 178
Hazlet Township 20,193 189 155 178
Wanaque 11,173 166 179 180
Manchester Township 43,013 184 161 180
Mount Olive Township 28,611 175 185 182
Middlesex 13,787 190 171 183
Manalapan Township 39,313 167 195 184
Hopewell Township 17,304 161 202 185
Summit 21,973 188 176 186
Clark Township 15,021 202 162 186
Parsippany-Troy Hills Township 53,851 177 189 188
West Caldwell Township 10,878 183 186 189
Colts Neck Township 10,075 185 184 189
Dumont 17,718 156 215 191
Ridgewood 25,315 194 182 192
Verona 13,429 206 170 192
Florham Park 11,913 170 207 194
Branchburg Township 14,551 197 181 195
Bergenfield 27,125 149 231 196
Pequannock Township 15,580 187 196 197
Morris Township 22,640 176 209 198
Westfield 30,770 203 188 199
Readington Township 15,910 217 174 199
Cranford Township 23,165 207 190 201
Marlboro Township 40,190 205 193 202
Jefferson Township 21,516 209 191 203
Ridgefield 11,340 186 220 204
Ringwood 12,383 196 212 205
New Providence 12,463 214 194 205
Raritan Township 21,849 226 187 207
Cedar Grove Township 12,648 211 204 208
Franklin Lakes 10,746 215 201 209
Denville Township 16,829 218 199 210
Westwood 11,056 191 227 211
Madison 16,216 201 217 211
Oakland 12,927 210 210 213
Clinton Township 13,010 192 230 214
Montville Township 21,757 216 206 214
Sparta Township 19,494 223 200 216
Glen Rock 11,877 219 205 217
Monroe Township, Middlesex County 41,356 204 222 218
Hasbrouck Heights 11,983 212 216 219
Randolph Township 25,969 222 208 220
Kinnelon 10,452 208 225 221
Hillsdale 10,400 213 221 222
Tenafly 14,696 225 211 223
Warren Township 15,841 228 213 224
Hillsborough Township 39,037 220 223 225
River Edge 11,517 227 219 226
Berkeley Heights Township 13,452 233 214 227
New Milford 16,577 224 228 228
Washington Township, Morris County 18,782 221 233 229
Wyckoff Township 16,949 230 224 229
Woolwich Township 11,167 229 226 231
Montgomery Township 22,467 231 229 232
Bernards Township 26,880 232 232 233
Chatham Township 10,681 234 234 234
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4 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In New Jersey

  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.

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