These Are The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In New Jersey For 2019


We used data and science to identify the most dangerous cities in the Garden State for 2019.

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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 for 2019:

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

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.

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

Most Dangerous Cities In New Jersey Graph

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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, NJ

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Population: 5,087
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,277 (4th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 8,846 (1st most dangerous)
More on Wildwood:  Data | Photos

Wildwood has seen a rapid rise in its violent crime in recent years.

Between 2015-17, the rate of violent crime increased a staggering amount, leaving Wildwood residents a 1 in 78 chance of being the victim of rape, murder, or assault in 2017.

Property crime also went up during this interval, but that’s a lot less scary than the boom in violence.

Asbury Park, NJ

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Population: 15,656
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,360 (2nd most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,764 (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 2015-17.

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

Atlantic City, NJ

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Population: 38,601
Rank Last Year:
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,101 (5th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,486 (7th 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 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, NJ

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Population: 74,299
Rank Last Year:
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,967 (1st most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,399 (15th most dangerous)
More on Camden:  Data | Photos

A smaller city on this list, Camden has experienced some wild swings in crime in recent years.

While instances of violent crime fell to 1,462 between 2015-17, property crime now stands at 15th worst.

If they could get the same magic working for property crime as they have for violence, Camden may one day be the idyllic place its residents want it to be.

Bridgeton, NJ

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Population: 24,937
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,090 (6th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,986 (11th 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 2015-17.

There’s now a 1 in 19.7 chance of being the victim of a crime.

Millville, NJ

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Population: 27,984
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 571 (16th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,553 (3rd most dangerous)
More on Millville:  Data | Photos

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, NJ

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Population: 129,726
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 797 (9th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,542 (13th most dangerous)
More on Elizabeth:  Data | Photos

The 4th largest city in the state, Elizabeth has achieved substantial reductions in both categories of crime lately.

From 2015-17, violent crime fell to 1,034 occurrences and property crime to 4,595 occurrences, which still left residents with a 1 in 125 chance of being a victim of violence, and a 1 in 28.2 chance of being the victim of property crime in 2017.

Woodbury, NJ

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Population: 9,970
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 471 (22nd most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,366 (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 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, NJ

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Population: 60,477
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 492 (21st most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,991 (10th most dangerous)
More on Vineland:  Data | Photos

Today, Vineland is the 9th most dangerous city in the state.

Unlike other cities on the list, Vineland has seen a recent boom in crime, with violent crime going up from 2015-17, and property crime also going up.

Watch your wallet in Vineland, because there’s a 1 in 25.1 chance of being the victim of a property crime while you’re there.

10. Orange

Orange, NJ

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Population: 30,752
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:

Orange has more problems — namely crime. It’s the 10th most dangerous city in New Jersey.

Statistically, 1 in 125 people in Orange was the victim of a rape, attack or outright killed in 2017. That’s a really large number.

And that’s just residents who actually reported a crime. Chances are it was even higher than that.

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:

  1. Plumsted Township (Pop. 8,604)
  2. Mendham Township (Pop. 5,883)
  3. New Hanover Township (Pop. 8,264)

For more New Jersey reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Dangerous Cities In New Jersey

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per Capita Property Crimes Per Capita
1 Wildwood 5,087 1,277 8,846
2 Asbury Park 15,656 1,360 4,764
3 Atlantic City 38,601 1,101 4,486
4 Camden 74,299 1,967 3,399
5 Bridgeton 24,937 1,090 3,986
6 Millville 27,984 571 5,553
7 Elizabeth 129,726 797 3,542
8 Woodbury 9,970 471 5,366
9 Vineland 60,477 492 3,991
10 Orange 30,752 796 3,177
11 Trenton 84,231 1,285 2,603
12 Neptune Township 27,757 540 3,289
13 Mount Holly Township 9,522 441 3,570
14 Irvington 54,728 813 2,574
15 Lindenwold 17,516 622 2,877
16 Paulsboro 5,959 469 3,289
17 Newark 283,673 896 2,395
18 Long Branch 30,748 321 2,728
19 Burlington City 9,854 456 2,537
20 Paterson 147,690 696 2,301
21 New Brunswick 57,481 626 2,332
22 Eatontown 12,258 261 2,749
23 Deptford Township 30,727 195 3,993
24 Pennsauken Township 36,041 274 2,572
25 Plainfield 50,983 629 2,069
26 Linden 42,948 305 2,444
27 Hillside Township 22,125 212 2,657
28 Pine Hill 10,616 301 2,345
29 Pemberton Township 27,506 425 2,061
30 North Plainfield 22,255 283 2,282
31 Somers Point 10,504 199 2,570
32 Harrison 16,802 345 2,029
33 Middle Township 18,542 194 2,529
34 Jersey City 267,906 509 1,806
35 Carney’s Point Township 7,729 271 1,979
36 Gloucester City 11,366 184 2,463
37 Phillipsburg 14,379 166 2,552
38 Hamilton Township, Atlantic County 26,482 139 3,323
39 Berlin Township 5,560 179 2,464
40 Ewing Township 36,161 210 2,054
41 Collingswood 14,080 170 2,500
42 Hoboken 55,348 236 1,922
43 Keansburg 9,782 316 1,799
44 Westampton Township 8,775 296 1,823
45 Cherry Hill Township 71,747 133 2,892
46 East Orange 65,160 725 1,625
47 Maple Shade Township 18,797 164 2,425
48 Haledon 8,439 213 1,872
49 Palmyra 7,217 207 1,981
50 Absecon 8,261 133 2,772
51 Carlstadt 6,295 174 2,239
52 Passaic 71,053 548 1,636
53 Belmar 5,666 158 2,382
54 Somerdale 5,591 107 4,560
55 Willingboro Township 31,726 289 1,739
56 Union City 70,053 234 1,762
57 Belleville 36,409 222 1,777
58 Secaucus 20,481 161 2,216
59 Ocean City 11,281 106 3,412
60 Galloway Township 36,672 199 1,813
61 Pleasantville 20,530 565 1,519
62 Lumberton Township 12,286 187 1,855
63 Perth Amboy 52,978 322 1,591
64 Hamilton Township, Mercer County 88,723 142 2,166
65 West Orange 47,615 195 1,762
66 Audubon 8,748 91 3,326
67 Garfield 32,233 183 1,746
68 Ocean Township, Monmouth County 26,637 112 2,507
69 Clifton 86,472 212 1,602
70 South Orange Village 16,407 176 1,718
71 Gloucester Township 64,094 157 1,763
72 Dunellen 7,428 134 1,871
73 Logan Township 5,977 100 2,442
74 Totowa 10,964 91 2,626
75 Morristown 19,199 208 1,500
76 Montclair 39,029 153 1,665
77 Runnemede 8,402 83 3,154
78 Berlin 7,619 131 1,824
79 Haddon Township 14,731 101 2,179
80 Keyport 7,062 226 1,387
81 Egg Harbor Township 43,515 126 1,866
82 Hackensack 45,226 207 1,485
83 Maplewood Township 24,863 140 1,665
84 Red Bank 12,135 197 1,483
85 Voorhees Township 29,532 206 1,388
86 South Plainfield 24,458 114 1,856
87 Bound Brook 10,537 161 1,565
88 Edgewater Park Township 8,726 148 1,581
89 Lodi 24,981 172 1,473
90 Weehawken Township 15,683 95 1,912
91 Glen Ridge 7,694 90 2,040
92 Freehold Township 35,531 126 1,646
93 Union Township 59,051 120 1,664
94 Roselle 21,796 146 1,500
95 Carteret 24,283 181 1,342
96 Bayonne 67,041 208 1,208
97 Englewood 28,795 260 1,128
98 Bellmawr 11,505 86 2,007
99 Lower Township 21,870 146 1,490
100 Ventnor City 10,263 58 3,186

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10 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In New Jersey For 2019

  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.

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