These Are The 5 Worst Neighborhoods In Jersey City For 2018


Jersey City’s neighborhoods conjure up too many stereotypes to count. You’ve got hipster areas, preppy places, neighborhoods where college kids thrive, and of course, ghettos. So the question arises, which Jersey City neighborhoods are the worst, and which are the best?

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Worst Neighborhoods In Jersey City

Jersey City’s neighborhoods conjure up too many stereotypes to count. You’ve got hipster areas, preppy places, neighborhoods where college kids thrive, and of course, ghettos.

It seems as if there’s a neighborhood for everyone in Jersey City.

And while the city consistently ranks as one of the best places to live in the country thanks in part to a strong economy and tons of entertainment, it’s not all rainbows and sunshine in Jersey City. Some neighborhoods aren’t as great as others.

So the question arises, which Jersey City neighborhoods are the worst, and which are the best?

Today, we’ll use science and data to determine which Jersey City hoods need a little tender loving care – the sore thumbs of the Jersey City area if you will. Realistically, you can’t expect all the neighborhoods to be amazing, although The Waterfront ranks way above the rest.

We examined 11 of Jersey City’s neighborhoods to find out the worst places to live. These places don’t quite measure up to Jersey City’s reputation.

Here are the 5 worst neighborhoods in Jersey City according to data:

  1. Lincoln Park
  2. Bergen-Lafayette
  3. Greenville
  4. McGinley Square
  5. West Side

Read on to see how we determined the places around Jersey City that need a pick-me-up. And remember, don’t blame the messenger.

Once you’re done, you can look at the bottom of the story for a complete chart of every neighborhood we looked at from worst to best.

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How we determined the worst Jersey City hoods

To figure out how bad a place is to live in, we only needed to know what kinds of things people like and then decide what places have the least amount of those things. We threw the following criteria into this analysis in order to get the best, most complete results possible. We used this set of criteria for each neighborhood in Jersey City:

  • High unemployment (Less jobs)
  • Low median income (Less pay)
  • Low population density (No things to do)
  • Low home values (No one’s willing to pay to live here)
  • High crime (Estimated)

Then, we ranked each neighborhood in Jersey City for each of these criteria from worst to best.

Next, we averaged the individual rankings for each criteria into a “Worst Score”.

The neighborhood with the lowest “Worst Score” ranks as the worst neighborhood of Jersey City.

Read on below to learn more about these terrible places around Jersey City to live. Or skip to the end to see the list of all 11 neighborhoods ranked from worst to best.

This list is a scientific analysis based on real data and is completely unbiased. Hold on to your pants.

1. Lincoln Park

Population: 978
Median Income: $51,714
Median Home Value: $221,200

2. Bergen-Lafayette

Population: 20,867
Median Income: $38,650
Median Home Value: $264,829

3. Greenville

Population: 46,719
Median Income: $48,621
Median Home Value: $261,903

4. Mcginley Square

Population: 19,270
Median Income: $45,339
Median Home Value: $259,044

5. West Side

Population: 22,311
Median Income: $51,988
Median Home Value: $264,454

The ‘hoods around Jersey City that are really hoods

Well there you have it — the worst of the neighborhoods in Jersey City with Lincoln Park landing at the bottom of the pack.

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Jersey City aren’t all bad. The Waterfront takes the cake as the best place to live in Jersey City.

We ranked the neighborhoods from worst to best in the chart below.

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Detailed List Of The Worst Jersey City Neighborhoods

Rank Neighborhood Population Median Income Median Home Values
1 Lincoln Park 978 $51,714 $221,200
2 Bergen-Lafayette 20,867 $38,650 $264,829
3 Greenville 46,719 $48,621 $261,903
4 Mcginley Square 19,270 $45,339 $259,044
5 West Side 22,311 $51,988 $264,454
6 Journal Square 28,066 $50,890 $298,558
7 Hackensack Riverfront 4,368 $79,071 $296,720
8 The Heights 56,060 $53,611 $307,991
9 Liberty Park 394 $148,260 $331,233
10 Downtown 29,858 $88,765 $404,429
11 The Waterfront 9,121 $145,951 $385,670

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