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 10 Murder Capitals of the Garden State for 2019:
- Camden (Photos)
- Newark (Photos)
- Trenton (Photos)
- Atlantic City (Photos)
- Bridgeton (Photos)
- Paterson (Photos)
- Long Branch (Photos)
- East Orange (Photos)
- Maplewood Township
The city with highest murder rate in New Jersey? That would be Atlantic City with 33.7 murders per 100,000 people.
While the city with highest number of murders period? Newark with 77.
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. There were ‘only’ 80 cities in New Jersey where a city reported a murder to the FBI, meaning 277 places had no murder.
If you’re curious, here are the places in New Jersey which had the least murder chances for its residents, based on population: Lakewood Township, Woodbridge Township, Hamilton Township, Mercer County, Passaic, Union City.
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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 80 cities to rank.
Finally, averaged two scores:
- 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 one murder.
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.
Camden is a city in Camden County, New Jersey. Camden is located directly across the Delaware River from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. At the 2010 United States Census, the city had a population of 77,344. Camden is the 12th most populous municipality in New Jersey. The city was incorporated on February 13, 1828. Camden has been the county seat of Camden County since the county was formed on March 13, 1844. The city derives its name from Charles Pratt, 1st Earl Camden. Camden is made up of over twenty different neighborhoods.
Newark is the most populous city in the U.S. state of New Jersey and the seat of Essex County. As one of the nation’s major air, shipping, and rail hubs, the city had a population of 277,140 in 2010, making it the nation’s 67th-most populous municipality, after being ranked 63rd in the nation in 2000. For 2015, the Census Bureau’s Population Estimates Program calculated a population of 281,944, an increase of 1.7% from the 2010 enumeration, ranking the city the 70th largest in the nation. Newark is the second largest city in the New York metropolitan area, located approximately 8 miles west of lower Manhattan.
Trenton is the capital city of the U.S. state of New Jersey and the county seat of Mercer County. It was briefly the capital of the United States. The city’s metropolitan area is grouped with the New York metropolitan area by the United States Census Bureau, but directly borders the Philadelphia metropolitan area and is part of the Federal Communications Commission’s Philadelphia Designated Market Area. As of the 2010 United States Census, Trenton had a population of 84,913, making it the state’s 10th-largest municipality. The Census Bureau estimated that the city’s population was 84,034 in 2014.
Atlantic City is a resort city in Atlantic County, New Jersey, United States, known for its casinos, boardwalks, and beaches. In 2010, it had a population of 39,558. The city was incorporated on May 1, 1854, from portions of Egg Harbor Township and Galloway Township. It borders Absecon, Brigantine, Pleasantville, Ventnor City, West Atlantic City, and the Atlantic Ocean.
Bridgeton is a city in Cumberland County, New Jersey, United States, in the southern part of the state, on the Cohansey River, near Delaware Bay. As of the 2010 United States Census, the city’s population was 25,349, reflecting an increase of 2,578 from the 22,771 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 3,829 from the 18,942 counted in the 1990 Census. It is the county seat of Cumberland County. Bridgeton, Millville, and Vineland are the three principal cities of the Vineland-Millville-Bridgeton Primary Metropolitan Statistical Area, which encompasses those cities and all of Cumberland County for statistical purposes and which constitutes a part of the Delaware Valley.
Rank Last Year: 13
Murders: 9 (7th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 16.4 (9th Most)
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Paterson is the largest city in and the county seat of Passaic County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, its population was 146,199, rendering it New Jersey’s third-most-populous city. Paterson has the second-highest density of any U.S. city with over 100,000 people, behind only New York City. For 2015, the Census Bureau’s Population Estimates Program calculated a population of 147,754, an increase of 1.1% from the 2010 enumeration, ranking the city the 177th-largest in the nation.
Long Branch is a beach-side city in Monmouth County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the city’s population was 30,719, reflecting a decline of 621 from the 31,340 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 2,682 from the 28,658 counted in the 1990 Census.
10. Maplewood Township
Rank Last Year: 123
Murders: 4 (13th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 16.1 (11th Most)
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There You Have It – The Places With The Most Murders In New Jersey For 2019
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.
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Detailed List Of The Places With The Most Murder In New Jersey For 2019
|4||Atlantic City, NJ||13|
|8||Long Branch, NJ||5|
|9||East Orange, NJ||9|
|10||Maplewood Township, NJ||4|
|11||Maple Shade Township, NJ||3|
|12||Burlington City, NJ||2|
|13||Neptune Township, NJ||3|
|16||Jersey City, NJ||21|
|17||Asbury Park, NJ||2|
|19||Willingboro Township, NJ||3|
|24||New Brunswick, NJ||4|
|26||Morris Plains, NJ||1|
|28||Hamilton Township, Atlantic County, NJ||2|
|29||Pemberton Township, NJ||2|
|30||Lacey Township, NJ||2|
|32||Winslow Township, NJ||2|
|35||Mount Holly Township, NJ||1|
|36||Perth Amboy, NJ||2|
|39||Union Township, NJ||2|
|40||Bound Brook, NJ||1|
|42||Pine Hill, NJ||1|
|43||Old Bridge Township, NJ||2|
|44||Ocean City, NJ||1|
|48||Pennsville Township, NJ||1|
|49||Woolwich Township, NJ||1|
|50||Holmdel Township, NJ||1|
|51||Middle Township, NJ||1|
|52||Hopewell Township, NJ||1|
|54||Moorestown Township, NJ||1|
|55||Hillside Township, NJ||1|
|56||Burlington Township, NJ||1|
|57||Rockaway Township, NJ||1|
|58||Ocean Township, Monmouth County, NJ||1|
|61||Lawrence Township, Mercer County, NJ||1|
|62||Pennsauken Township, NJ||1|
|63||Ewing Township, NJ||1|
|65||North Brunswick Township, NJ||1|
|67||Egg Harbor Township, NJ||1|
|69||Bridgewater Township, NJ||1|
|70||Monroe Township, Middlesex County, NJ||1|
|71||Wayne Township, NJ||1|
|73||Piscataway Township, NJ||1|
|74||Gloucester Township, NJ||1|
|75||Franklin Township, Somerset County, NJ||1|
|76||Union City, NJ||1|
|78||Hamilton Township, Mercer County, NJ||1|
|79||Woodbridge Township, NJ||1|
|80||Lakewood Township, NJ||1|