The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In Jersey City For 2021

We used data and science to identify the neighborhoods in Jersey City that are the real pits.

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Editor’s Note: This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. Don’t freak out we updated this article for 2021. This is our fifth time ranking the worst neighborhoods to live in Jersey City.
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 Downtown 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.

The Worst Neighborhoods In Jersey City For 2021

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

So what's the worst neighborhood to live in Jersey City for 2021? 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.

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. Looking for places to avoid outside of the city? You can also check out the worst suburbs of Jersey City.

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The 5 Worst Neighborhoods In Jersey City For 2021

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Population: 47,654
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $242,197 (worst)
Median Income: $45,289 (3rd worst)
More on Greenville:  Data

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Population: 21,386
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $290,065 (5th worst)
Median Income: $42,353 (worst)
More on Bergen-Lafayette:  Data

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Population: 27,965
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $282,588 (3rd worst)
Median Income: $51,723 (4th worst)
More on Journal Square:  Data

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Population: 19,496
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $269,981 (2nd worst)
Median Income: $43,778 (2nd worst)
More on Mcginley Square:  Data

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Population: 1,175
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $283,967 (4th worst)
Median Income: $59,923 (7th worst)
More on Lincoln Park:  Data

How we determined the worst Jersey City hoods in 2021

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, New Jersey 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.

The 'hoods around Jersey City that are really hoods

Well there you have it -- the worst of the neighborhoods in Jersey City with Greenville landing at the bottom of the pack.

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Jersey City aren't all bad. Downtown 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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Where Are The Worst Neighborhoods To Live In Jersey City For 2021?

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 Greenville 47,654 $242,197 $45,289
2 Bergen-Lafayette 21,386 $290,065 $42,353
3 Journal Square 27,965 $282,588 $51,723
4 Mcginley Square 19,496 $269,981 $43,778
5 Lincoln Park 1,175 $283,967 $59,923
6 West Side 22,917 $295,092 $56,906
7 Hackensack Riverfront 4,139 $312,060 $81,668
8 The Heights 56,548 $294,966 $57,801
9 Liberty Park 447 $350,100 $139,750
10 The Waterfront 10,234 $443,890 $139,130
11 Downtown 31,125 $484,010 $96,326

5 thoughts on “The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In Jersey City For 2021

  1. The 3 neighborhoods you have listed as the ‘worst’ and the 3 most vibrant, interesting, and rapidly growing economic areas of the city. The neighborhoods you have as ‘best’ are already tapped out from a real estate perspective and most people coming to JC are here to find value because they can’t afford Brooklyn.

    Please don’t tell them McGinley Sqaure, Journal Square, and the West Side are arguably the 3 fastest growing neighborhoods in the whole country real estate wise. I can still kinda afford it here.

    Sheesh. Some list.

  2. I live in Greenville. It’s basically a residential community. I used to live in Astoria and couldn’t afford to buy anything there. The houses in Greenville are very cheap, granted they are mostly fixer-uppers. Cheap house, put a bit of money into it and you have a nice place to live. There are some beautiful turn of the last century houses here. My house still had gaslight spigots in the wall. Plus, it’s very quiet here. My real estate agent called Greenville the best kept secret in real estate. He was right. If people in Astoria knew they could buy a house here for around $200,000. There would be waiting lines.

  3. This article is everything Jersey City is not. It’s offensive to Jersey City natives and to long term residents. This article is like a low brow gossip column, except it also spreads classist, racist, ideology.

  4. Only decent areas in JC to live are directly north and east/southeast of Journal Square. (Heights, Harsimus Cove, Hamilton Park, The Village, etc.) Anywhere else is a gamble.

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