The Murder Capitals Of New Jersey For 2021


These are the places in New Jersey where people were killed most often, according to the latest FBI numbers.

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This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. It is our seventh time ranking the most places with the most murders per capita in New Jersey and is updated for 2021.

Do you live in one of the murder capitals of New Jersey?

We all watch the news with horror when we hear about a homicide that happens not that far away from us. While a murder just blocks or even a couple of towns away from your house would make anyone uneasy, in the long run, most likely, where you live is relatively safe.

So we wanted to get the facts straight and dug into the FBI crime data in order to identify the places with the most murders and the highest murder rates per capita in New Jersey.

The result is the Murder Capitals of the Garden State for 2021:

  1. Camden County Police Department
  2. Newark (Photos)
  3. Atlantic City (Photos)
  4. Trenton (Photos)
  5. Paterson (Photos)
  6. Willingboro Township
  7. Irvington
  8. Orange City
  9. Jamesburg (Photos)
  10. Washington Township, Warren County

The city with highest murder rate in New Jersey? That would be Camden County Police Department with 34.1 murders per 100,000 people.

While the city with highest number of murders period? Newark with 57.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. There were 'only' 67 cities in New Jersey where a city reported a murder to the FBI, meaning 286 places had no murder.

For more reading on the Garden State check out:

The 10 Murder Capitals Of New Jersey For 2021

1. Camden County Police Department

Source: Public Domain

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Population: 73,270
Rank Last Year: -
Murders: 25 (2nd Most)
Murders Per 100k: 34.1 (Most)
More on Camden County Police Department:

Newark, NJ

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Population: 281,422
Rank Last Year: 22
Murders: 57 (Most)
Murders Per 100k: 20.3 (5th Most)
More on Newark:  Data | Photos

Atlantic City, NJ

Source: Public domain

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Population: 37,593
Rank Last Year: 9
Murders: 11 (6th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 29.3 (4th Most)
More on Atlantic City:  Data | Photos

Trenton, NJ

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Population: 83,457
Rank Last Year: 5
Murders: 15 (4th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 18.0 (7th Most)
More on Trenton:  Data | Photos

Paterson, NJ

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Population: 144,866
Rank Last Year: 13
Murders: 19 (3rd Most)
Murders Per 100k: 13.1 (11th Most)
More on Paterson:  Data | Photos

6. Willingboro Township

Willingboro Township, NJ

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Population: 31,920
Rank Last Year: 50
Murders: 5 (9th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 15.7 (9th Most)
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7. Irvington

Source: Public Domain

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Population: 54,034
Rank Last Year: 15
Murders: 7 (7th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 13.0 (14th Most)
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8. Orange City

Source: Public Domain

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Population: 30,558
Rank Last Year: 11
Murders: 4 (10th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 13.1 (12th Most)
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Jamesburg, NJ

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Population: 5,931
Rank Last Year: 161
Murders: 2 (23rd Most)
Murders Per 100k: 33.7 (2nd Most)
More on Jamesburg:  Data | Photos

10. Washington Township, Warren County

Source: Public Domain

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Population: 6,391
Rank Last Year: 230
Murders: 2 (23rd Most)
Murders Per 100k: 31.3 (3rd Most)
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How we calculated the murder capitals of 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 year of reporting. Specifically, we analyzed the FBI's Uniform Crime Report which summarizes the number of murders that may happen in each city per year.

We only looked every single city in New Jersey for which FBI data was available for the most recent FBI Crime In The United States. That left us with 67 cities to rank.

Finally, we averaged the two scores into an index:

  • The raw number of murders in each city
  • The murders per person

We felt as if a small place with 2,500 people and two murders makes it a lot more dangerous than a city of 25,000 people with three murders. Any ties went to the larger city. You can download the data here.

We must note that this report is not an analysis of the effectiveness of local police departments. It simply states where murders occurred most frequently on an absolute and rate basis.

There You Have It - The Places With The Most Murders In New Jersey For 2021

If you're looking at the places in New Jersey with the most murders, and where residents have the highest chances of being killed themselves, this is an accurate list. Again, these statistics are an indication of where crimes occur, not a statement about the effectiveness of the law enforcement in the areas they serve.

For more new jersey reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Places With The Most Murder In New Jersey For 2021

Rank City Murders Murders/100K
1 Camden County Police Department, NJ 25 34.12
2 Newark, NJ 57 20.25
3 Atlantic City, NJ 11 29.26
4 Trenton, NJ 15 17.97
5 Paterson, NJ 19 13.12
6 Willingboro Township, NJ 5 15.66
7 Irvington, NJ 7 12.95
8 Orange City, NJ 4 13.09
9 Jamesburg, NJ 2 33.72
10 Washington Township, Warren County, NJ 2 31.29
11 Burlington City, NJ 2 20.25
12 Gloucester City, NJ 2 17.91
13 Elizabeth, NJ 7 5.44
14 Franklin Township, Somerset County, NJ 4 6.04
15 Asbury Park, NJ 2 12.96
16 Jersey City, NJ 13 4.88
17 Manchester Township, NJ 3 6.92
18 Plainfield, NJ 3 5.93
19 Bridgeton, NJ 2 8.22
20 Maplewood Township, NJ 2 7.91
21 Millville, NJ 2 7.27
22 Neptune Township, NJ 2 7.26
23 New Brunswick, NJ 3 5.36
24 Englewood, NJ 2 6.97
25 East Orange, NJ 3 4.67
26 Freehold Township, NJ 2 5.79
27 Brick Township, NJ 3 3.97
28 Palmyra, NJ 1 14.02
29 Edgewater Park Township, NJ 1 11.57
30 Bound Brook, NJ 1 9.75
31 Little Ferry, NJ 1 9.26
32 Bayonne, NJ 2 3.08
33 Old Bridge Township, NJ 2 3.05
34 Collingswood, NJ 1 7.22
35 Fairview, NJ 1 7.0
36 Maple Shade Township, NJ 1 5.42
37 Woodbridge Township, NJ 2 2.0
38 Pleasantville, NJ 1 4.9
39 Jefferson Township, NJ 1 4.79
40 North Plainfield, NJ 1 4.66
41 Roselle, NJ 1 4.57
42 Plainsboro Township, NJ 1 4.35
43 Ocean Township, Monmouth County, NJ 1 3.75
44 Pemberton Township, NJ 1 3.71
45 East Windsor Township, NJ 1 3.66
46 Bergenfield, NJ 1 3.65
47 Rahway, NJ 1 3.33
48 Garfield, NJ 1 3.14
49 Pennsauken Township, NJ 1 2.82
50 Belleville, NJ 1 2.74
51 Monroe Township, Gloucester County, NJ 1 2.71
52 Montclair, NJ 1 2.59
53 Manalapan Township, NJ 1 2.52
54 Teaneck Township, NJ 1 2.47
55 Mount Laurel Township, NJ 1 2.43
56 Hackensack, NJ 1 2.25
57 Parsippany-Troy Hills Township, NJ 1 1.93
58 Howell Township, NJ 1 1.91
59 West New York, NJ 1 1.88
60 Vineland, NJ 1 1.67
61 North Bergen Township, NJ 1 1.63
62 Gloucester Township, NJ 1 1.57
63 Passaic, NJ 1 1.44
64 Hamilton Township, Mercer County, NJ 1 1.15
65 Toms River Township, NJ 1 1.07
66 Edison Township, NJ 1 1.0
67 Lakewood Township, NJ 1 0.95

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