These Are The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In New Jersey For 2018


We looked at the most recent 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 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:

  1. Wildwood (Photos)
  2. Asbury Park (Photos)
  3. Millville (Photos)
  4. Bridgeton (Photos)
  5. Elizabeth (Photos)
  6. Orange
  7. Vineland (Photos)
  8. Neptune Township
  9. Trenton (Photos)
  10. Woodbury (Photos)

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.

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

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How we determined the most dangerous cities in New Jersey for 2018?

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 2016 data, specifically the 2016 Crime In The United States Report. We will update the results when data becomes available for 2017 in October 2018.

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 353 cities in New Jersey.

We then ranked each city from 1 to 353 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.

Here’s a visualization of the criteria:
Most Dangerous Cities In New Jersey Graph

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

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1. Wildwood

Wildwood, New Jersey

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,115
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,309
Property Crimes Per 100k: 7,878
Wildwood earns the top spot on this list mostly by having a terrible rate of property crime, with residents facing a ridiculously high 1 in 12.7 chance of being the victim of a property crime in 2016.

That means that, statistically, almost every neighborhood in Wildwood has at least one resident who’s the victim of theft or arson each year.

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Don’t let the 3rd place ranking for violence fool you either — for every 76 residents in Wildwood, there was 1 instance of violent crime in 2016, which is makes violence pretty darn common in Wildwood.

2. Asbury Park

Asbury Park, New Jersey

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,757
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,415
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,588
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 2014-16.

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

3. Millville

Millville, New Jersey

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 28,177
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 791
Property Crimes Per 100k: 6,082
Located in southern New Jersey, Millville is the 9th 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 2014-16, which left residents with a 1 in 16.4 chance of being the victim of theft or arson in 2016.

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

4. Bridgeton

Bridgeton, New Jersey

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 24,982
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 900
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,810
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 2014-16.

There’s now a 1 in 21.2 chance of being the victim of a crime.

5. Elizabeth

Elizabeth, New Jersey

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 129,096
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 6)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 816
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,202
Elizabeth is the 4th most populous state in New Jersey, and is the economic and cultural hub of its part of New Jersey.

The population has been growing for the first time in 50 years, but the crime numbers remain relatively high.

Though property crime fell by 25% from 2014-16, violent crime also rose by 12%, leaving residents a 1 in 122 chance of being the victim of violence in 2016.

6. Orange

Source: Public Domain

Population: 30,470
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 6)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,122
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,766
Orange is the most populous city in Bergen County.

Orange experienced a massive rise in violent crime between 2014-16.

Property crime statistics, meanwhile, remained stagnant, with residents facing a 1 in 36.1 chance of being the victim of theft or arson each year — the 26th highest rate in the state.

7. Vineland

Vineland, New Jersey

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 60,823
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 488
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,965
Vineland is the 7th most dangerous city in New Jersey overall.

From 2015, the property crime rate dropped, which is good news for people who like knowing that their stuff is safe.

The bad news for people who like their safety, though, is that violent crime ranks 19th in New Jersey.

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8. Neptune Township

Source: Public Domain

Population: 27,505
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 574
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,333
Located in central Jersey and named after the Roman god, Neptune Township experienced a drop in its property crime rate between 2014-16.

That’s a difference of residents having about a 1 in 15 shot of being the victim of theft or arson at the begining to a 1 in 30.0 shot in 2016.

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

9. Trenton

Trenton, New Jersey

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 83,644
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 6)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,347
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,613
New Jersey’s capital, Trenton, almost escaped being included on this list, but being the 9th most violent city in the state kept it in the top ten most dangerous.

Residents of Trenton had a 1 in 74 chance of being the victim of a violent crime in 2016.

Property crime also went down to a 1 in 38.3 chance in 2014-16, meaning, if the trends continue, Trenton may avoid this list altogether come next year.

10. Woodbury

Woodbury, New Jersey

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,937
Rank Last Year: 9 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 352
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,035
Located in south Jersey, Woodbury is the smallest city to make this list.

Violent crime rose between 2014-16, leaving residents a 1 in 283 chance of being the victim of violence in 2016 (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 2014-16.

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 2018.

However, there will be new data coming out later this year. At that point we can revisit Wildwood’s status — that is if they haven’t beaten us all up already.

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

  1. Washington Township, Bergen County
  2. River Vale Township
  3. Mendham Township

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Detailed List Of The Most Dangeroues Cities In New Jersey

City Rank Previous Rank Population Violent Crimes Per Capita Property Crimes Per Capita
Wildwood 1 2 5,115 1,309 7,878
Asbury Park 2 3 15,757 1,415 4,588
Millville 3 4 28,177 791 6,082
Bridgeton 4 5 24,982 900 3,810
Elizabeth 5 11 129,096 816 3,202
Orange 6 12 30,470 1,122 2,766
Vineland 7 8 60,823 488 3,965
Neptune Township 8 7 27,505 574 3,333
Trenton 9 15 83,644 1,347 2,613
Woodbury 10 9 9,937 352 4,035
Lindenwold 11 13 17,340 640 2,831
Mount Holly Township 12 17 9,483 463 3,195
Irvington 13 6 54,430 935 2,311
Paulsboro 14 10 5,937 370 2,829
Eatontown 15 14 12,264 318 3,269
Newark 16 281,450 936 2,241
Paterson 17 16 147,265 764 2,141
New Brunswick 18 20 57,158 685 2,190
Belmar 19 18 5,694 280 3,090
Burlington City 20 9,785 531 2,248
Long Branch 21 32 30,959 345 2,429
Pemberton Township 22 27 27,739 349 2,318
Somers Point 23 29 10,667 328 2,437
Pennsauken Township 24 19 35,402 290 2,621
Linden 25 25 42,100 323 2,332
Deptford Township 26 26 30,400 200 3,848
Middle Township 27 23 18,555 264 2,603
Carney’S Point Township 28 66 7,809 345 2,241
Hillside Township 29 28 21,981 359 2,120
Somerdale 30 24 5,496 181 4,348
Plainfield 31 21 51,221 675 1,870
Harrison 32 44 15,788 259 2,248
Haledon 33 39 8,432 343 2,027
Willingboro Township 34 36 31,195 323 2,029
Collingswood 35 52 13,943 186 2,804
South Orange 36 74 16,332 263 2,038
Pleasantville 37 30 20,855 546 1,764
Ventnor City 38 45 10,455 172 2,917
Palmyra 39 41 7,296 178 2,713
Hamilton Township, Atlantic County 40 34 26,824 141 3,485
Keansburg 41 31 9,828 305 1,862
Phillipsburg 42 61 14,435 200 2,078
Stratford 43 88 6,974 215 2,036
Edgewater Park Township 44 101 8,769 239 1,881
Garfield 45 57 31,895 279 1,818
Jersey City 46 49 266,179 479 1,684
Runnemede 47 47 8,322 120 4,301
Paramus 48 37 26,958 122 4,254
Berlin Township 49 48 5,419 110 4,668
Secaucus 50 35 19,528 199 2,002
Morristown 51 90 18,544 334 1,693
Ocean City 52 67 11,287 124 3,224
Gloucester City 53 42 11,247 142 2,471
Cherry Hill Township 54 46 71,079 129 2,742
Passaic 55 56 70,972 560 1,558
Kearny 56 65 42,208 201 1,831
West Orange 57 87 47,374 223 1,779
North Plainfield 58 83 22,135 248 1,739
Pine Hill 59 22 10,514 199 1,826
Haddon Township 60 50 14,439 124 2,707
Hoboken 61 54 54,095 223 1,743
Glassboro 62 64 19,245 176 2,000
Carlstadt 63 173 6,277 159 2,055
Perth Amboy 64 51 52,767 397 1,527
Ewing Township 65 55 36,435 197 1,811
Union City 66 59 69,345 304 1,635
Prospect Park 67 111 5,940 235 1,700
Ocean Township, Monmouth County 68 117 27,070 129 2,271
Bellmawr 69 96 11,380 123 2,407
Berlin 70 172 7,544 185 1,802
East Orange 71 78 64,787 674 1,386
Margate City 72 68 6,214 160 1,979
Westampton Township 73 86 8,707 264 1,596
Totowa 74 38 10,948 109 2,539
Maple Shade Township 75 60 18,927 227 1,653
Manville 76 100 10,424 105 2,542
Red Bank 77 73 12,187 205 1,682
Galloway Township 78 69 37,280 241 1,585
Egg Harbor Township 79 89 43,971 195 1,696
Absecon 80 62 8,298 96 2,916
Lawrence Township, Mercer County 81 63 33,023 130 2,016
Elmwood Park 82 92 20,348 221 1,611
Hamilton Township, Mercer County 83 75 88,665 182 1,709
Cinnaminson Township 84 108 16,871 148 1,807
Clifton 85 58 86,324 234 1,515
Newton 86 109 7,950 163 1,735
Keyport 87 84 7,126 322 1,305
Lumberton Township 88 93 12,400 137 1,750
Hackensack 89 95 44,968 195 1,541
Belleville 90 40 36,258 170 1,654
Weehawken Township 91 91 14,284 105 1,995
Washington Township, Gloucester County 92 99 47,477 111 1,821
Voorhees Township 93 80 29,235 181 1,518
Somerville 94 104 12,198 188 1,475
Freehold Township 95 148 35,736 125 1,706
South Plainfield 96 106 24,349 135 1,671
Bloomfield 97 76 48,215 132 1,669
Gloucester Township 98 72 63,484 137 1,631
Roselle 99 81 21,669 166 1,509
Audubon 100 85 8,669 57 4,014
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6 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In New Jersey For 2018

  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!!

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