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 New Jersey thanks in part to tons of entertainment and jobs, it’s not all rainbows and sunshine in Jersey City. Some neighborhoods aren’t as safe as others.
So the question arises, which Jersey City neighborhoods are the most dangerous and which are the safest?
Today, we’ll use Saturday Night Science 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 most dangerous places to live. These places don’t quite measure up to Jersey City’s reputation.
So what’s the worst neighborhood to live in Jersey City for 2023? According to the most recent census data, Greenville looks to be the worst neighborhood in Jersey City.
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.
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The 5 Most Dangerous Neighborhoods In Jersey City For 2023
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 585
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,976
Median Home Value: $337,270 (2nd worst)
Median Income: $63,375 (2nd worst)
More on Greenville: Data
Go to the top of the Statue of Liberty and turn toward New Jersey. There’s a good chance you’re looking at Greenville. It sits on a strip of land along Newark Bay, a short ride from Liberty State Park.
Not a bad spot, almost in the literal shadow of Lady Liberty. Still, the area winds up ranked the number 1 worst neighborhood in Jersey City for 2023. Why? The issue relates mostly to economics.
First, the job market is sluggish, with an unemployment rate of 4.8%. Second, the cost of living is high. The median home price stands at $337,270, compared to a median income of $63,375.
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 561
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,894
Median Home Value: $366,400 (4th worst)
Median Income: $46,054 (worst)
More on Bergen-Lafayette: Data
Another neighborhood within a short ride from Liberty State Park, Bergen-Lafayette also lies adjacent to the Historic Downtown Jersey City. Sounds like a nice spot. Unfortunately, this close proximity to the center of town only serves to drive up real estate values.
With an anemic economy to start with, high housing costs push many of the locals out of the market. The combination of a weak economic base and an inflated cost of living make this the number 2 worst part of Jersey City for 2023.
Just look at the numbers. The median home price sits at $366,400. Meanwhile, the neighborhood’s 22,642 residents face an unemployment rate of 5.3% and a median income of $46,054.
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 516
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,742
Median Home Value: $326,669 (worst)
Median Income: $67,422 (6th worst)
More on West Side: Data
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 532
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,797
Median Home Value: $408,459 (6th worst)
Median Income: $64,553 (3rd worst)
More on Journal Square: Data
Still, the area provides a local center of shopping and restaurants. This bolsters the economy, which supports an unemployment rate of 3.1% and a median income of $64,553. As has become common on this list already, though, the area also suffers a high cost of living. The median home value hovers at $408,459.
Located to the northeast of downtown, Journal Square serves as home to Hudson County Community College.
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 446
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,507
Median Home Value: $349,550 (3rd worst)
Median Income: $77,231 (8th worst)
More on Lincoln Park: Data
Lincoln Park is an actual park. It sits just across the road from the Hackensack River and boasts a number of features, like a dog park, a tennis center, an attractive fountain, and a nearby golf course.
The park alone might make you want to move to the area. If you can afford it…but, then, that’s the problem. Few locals can earn enough to get by in Lincoln Park. First off, jobs are scarce in the area, which sports an unemployment rate of 3.1%. Second, even the available jobs often can’t keep up with real estate prices. The median income stands at $77,231, compared to a median home value of $349,550.
Methodology: How we determined the most dangerous Jersey City neighborhoods in 2023
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 plugged the following criteria into Saturday Night Science to get the worst neighborhoods in Jersey City:
- High crime (Estimated)
- 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)
Then, we ranked each neighborhood in Jersey City, New Jersey for each of these criteria from worst to best.
Next, we averaged the individual rankings for each criterion into a “Worst Score.”
The neighborhood with the lowest “Worst Score” ranks as the most dangerous neighborhood of Jersey City.
The article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. We updated this article for 2023. This report is our time ranking the worst neighborhoods to live in Jersey City.
Skip to the end to see the list of all 11 neighborhoods ranked from worst to best.
Summary: The Worst Neighborhoods Around Jersey City
Well, there you have it — the worst of the neighborhoods in Jersey City with Greenville landing at the bottom of the pack.
As 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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