Do you live in one of the most dangerous cities in New Jersey?
We all watch the news and see reports on Facebook of the latest crimes that happen in our hometowns. But it can be hard to tell at a big picture level how dangerous our town actually is.
No one wants to feel unsafe, and statistically speaking, odds are that where you live is most likely relatively safe. In order to help the good people of New Jersey — and anyone looking to move to New Jersey — know just how close they are to danger, we took data from the annual FBI report and did some serious analysis.
The data shows that these ten cities are currently the most dangerous in the Garden State for 2019:
- Wildwood (Photos)
- Asbury Park (Photos)
- Atlantic City (Photos)
- Camden (Photos)
- Bridgeton (Photos)
- Millville (Photos)
- Elizabeth (Photos)
- Woodbury (Photos)
- Vineland (Photos)
After analyzing 357 cities in New Jersey, why did Wildwood take the top spot?
For the answer to this question and a detailed explanation of the data and analysis we used in creating this ranking, read on.
Or learn more about the safest places in New Jersey.
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Graphing The Most Dangerous And Safest Places In New Jersey
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.
Wildwood has been on the rankings the past couple of years and now finds itself as the 1st most dangerous city in New Jersey. Wildwood’s ranking for violent crime and property were 4th and 1st, respectively. Overall, like every other city in our top 10, it scored an F when it comes to crime.
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.
Camden, with a population of around 74,299 has experienced decent amount of crime in recent years.
Currently, residents have a 1 in 29.4 chance of being the victim of theft or arson in 2017 and a 1 in 50 chance of being the victim of violent crime. That’s good for a 4th overall ranking on our list of dangerous places in New Jersey.
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.
The city of over 129,726 ranks as the 7th most dangerous city in New Jersey and has the 13th highest rate of property crime in the state.
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 is the smallest city to make this list, mostly due to the instances of violent crime increasing between 2015-17, leaving residents a 1 in 202 chance of being the victim of violence in 2017.
Additionally, from 2015-17 property crime increased, but that fact has a lot less to do with Vineland’s spot on this list than the city’s violent crime rate.
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 796 (10th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,177 (21st most dangerous)
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Orange placed 10th on our list due, in part, to a 1 in 31.5 chance of being the victim of a property crime.
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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Detailed List Of The Most Dangerous Cities In New Jersey
|13||Mount Holly Township||9,522|
|35||Carney’s Point Township||7,729|
|38||Hamilton Township, Atlantic County||26,482|
|45||Cherry Hill Township||71,747|
|47||Maple Shade Township||18,797|
|64||Hamilton Township, Mercer County||88,723|
|68||Ocean Township, Monmouth County||26,637|
|70||South Orange Village||16,407|
|81||Egg Harbor Township||43,515|
|88||Edgewater Park Township||8,726|