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 that top 10 most dangerous cities in New Jersey for 2019 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 357, 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. 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 at our most dangerous cities in The Garden State for 2019.
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.
Or learn more about the safest places in New Jersey.
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Graphing The Most Dangerous And Safest Places In New Jersey
The 10 Most Dangerous Places To Live In New Jersey For 2019
Wildwood is way out on Route 26 near Wyoming. If you’re passing through, lock your car doors. Residents here have a 1 in 11.3 chance of being the victim of a property crime, which is the second highest in the state.
Job growth is negative here, which isn’t a good sign. Crime is typically contained on the south end of town.
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 2015-17.
That’s good, because without this improvement, Asbury Park’s property crime rate would be the worst in New Jersey.
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 2015-17, Atlantic City’s crime statistics are still pretty terrible.
In 2017, residents still faced a 1 in 90 chance of being the victim of violence, and a 1 in 1,732 chance of being the victim of a property crime for every year they spent in AC city limits.
Coming in as the 4th most dangerous city in New Jersey is Camden.
While violent crime has been steadily dropping in recent years, with a 10% total drop in violent crime from 2015-17, property crime went up by nearly the same rate during this interval.
That left residents of Camden a 1 in 1229.4 chance of being the victim of a property crime in 2017, and a 1 in 50 chance of being the victim of violence.
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 2015-17.
There’s now a 1 in 19.7 chance of being the victim of a crime.
Located in southern New Jersey, Millville is the 16th 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 2015-17, which left residents with a 1 in 18.0 chance of being the victim of theft or arson in 2017.
Violent crime also went up during this period, so Millville’s trend means it might stay in the top for a few years.
Elizabeth ranks as the 7th most dangerous city in New Jersey thanks to 9th place finish in violent crime and a 13th place finish in property crime.
Those rankings contribute to a 1 in 23.0 of being the victim of a crime in Elizabeth.
Located in south Jersey, Woodbury is the smallest city to make this list.
Violent crime rose between 2015-17, leaving residents a 1 in 212 chance of being the victim of violence in 2017 (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 2015-17.
Vineland comes in as the most dangerous city in the state. It has the 21st highest rate of violent crime, and places 10th for its rate of property crime.
Residents of Vineland had a 1 in 25.1 chance of being the victim of theft or arson in 2017. They also had a 1 in 202 chance of being the victim of violence.
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 796 (10th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,177 (21st most dangerous)
More on Orange:
Located in northern New Jersey, Orange’s swiftly improving crime numbers might help get it off this list in no time (if they continue to improve).
Violent crime fell by 17% between 2015-17, while property crime dropped to 1 in 31.5 during this interval.
That reduction means that Orange was actually the least violent place on this list in 2017.
How Is Your Town In ?
How we determined the most dangerous cities in New Jersey for 2019?
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 2017 data, specifically the 2017 Crime In The United States Report. We will update the results when data becomes available in September 2019.
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 357 cities in New Jersey.
We then ranked each city from 1 to 357 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 2019.
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:
- Plumsted Township (Pop. 8,604)
- Mendham Township (Pop. 5,883)
- New Hanover Township (Pop. 8,264)
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