The 10 Most Dangerous And Worst Neighborhoods In Newark, NJ

The most dangerous and worst Newark neighborhoods are Dayton-Weequahic Park and Springfield-Belmont for 2024 based on Saturday Night Science.

Worst Neighborhoods In Newark
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Newark’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 Newark.

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 Newark. Some neighborhoods aren’t as safe as others.

So the question arises, which Newark neighborhoods are the most dangerous and which are the safest?

Today, we’ll use Saturday Night Science to determine which Newark hoods need a little tender loving care – the sore thumbs of the Newark area if you will. Realistically, you can’t expect all the neighborhoods to be amazing, although North Ironbound ranks way above the rest.

We examined 20 of Newark’s neighborhoods to find out the most dangerous places to live. These places don’t quite measure up to Newark’s reputation.

Table Of Contents: Top 10 | Methodology | Summary | Table

The Most Dangerous Neighborhoods In Newark For 2024

  1. Dayton-Weequahic Park
  2. Springfield-Belmont
  3. South Broad Street
  4. Lower Clinton Hill
  5. West Side
  6. Lower Roseville
  7. Fairmuont
  8. Seventh Avenue
  9. Mount Pleasant
  10. University Heights

So what’s the worst neighborhood to live in Newark for 2024? According to the most recent census data, Dayton-Weequahic Park looks to be the worst neighborhood in Newark.

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

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The 10 Most Dangerous Neighborhoods In Newark For 2024

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 2,788
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 698
Property Crime Per 100k: 2,138
Median Home Value: $87,600 (2nd worst)
Median Income: $23,837 (worst)
More on Dayton-Weequahic Park:  Data

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 12,462
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 753
Property Crime Per 100k: 2,304
Median Home Value: $75,687 (worst)
Median Income: $24,967 (2nd worst)
More on Springfield-Belmont:  Data

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 11,776
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 689
Property Crime Per 100k: 2,110
Median Home Value: $106,406 (3rd worst)
Median Income: $28,311 (3rd worst)
More on South Broad Street:  Data

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 2,585
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 626
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,915
Median Home Value: $131,567 (5th worst)
Median Income: $32,357 (8th worst)
More on Lower Clinton Hill:  Data

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 13,679
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 643
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,969
Median Home Value: $149,623 (8th worst)
Median Income: $29,552 (4th worst)
More on West Side:  Data

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 9,940
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 681
Property Crime Per 100k: 2,083
Median Home Value: $137,489 (6th worst)
Median Income: $29,909 (5th worst)
More on Lower Roseville:  Data

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 12,363
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 621
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,900
Median Home Value: $161,000 (10th worst)
Median Income: $30,315 (6th worst)
More on Fairmuont:  Data

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 10,536
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 630
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,928
Median Home Value: $151,667 (9th worst)
Median Income: $32,132 (7th worst)
More on Seventh Avenue:  Data

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 7,187
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 623
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,907
Median Home Value: $164,700 (11th worst)
Median Income: $33,803 (11th worst)
More on Mount Pleasant:  Data

University Heights Newark, NJ

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Overall SnackAbility


Population: 9,646
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 624
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,909
Median Home Value: $146,370 (7th worst)
Median Income: $36,350 (12th worst)
More on University Heights:  Data

Methodology: How we determined the most dangerous Newark neighborhoods in 2024

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 Newark:

  • 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 Newark, 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 Newark.

The article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. We updated this article for 2024. This report is our time ranking the worst neighborhoods to live in Newark.

Skip to the end to see the list of all 20 neighborhoods ranked from worst to best.

Summary: The Worst Neighborhoods Around Newark

Well, there you have it — the worst of the neighborhoods in Newark with Dayton-Weequahic Park landing at the bottom of the pack.

The worst neighborhoods in Newark are Dayton-Weequahic Park, Springfield-Belmont, South Broad Street, Lower Clinton Hill, West Side, Lower Roseville, Fairmuont, Seventh Avenue, Mount Pleasant, and University Heights.

As mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Newark aren’t all bad. North Ironbound takes the cake as the best place to live in Newark.

The best neighborhoods in Newark are North Ironbound, Upper Vailsburg, South Ironbound, Weequahic, and Lower Vailsburg.

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

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Most Dangerous Neighborhoods To Live In Newark For 2024?

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 Dayton-Weequahic Park 2,788 $87,600 $23,837
2 Springfield-Belmont 12,462 $75,687 $24,967
3 South Broad Street 11,776 $106,406 $28,311
4 Lower Clinton Hill 2,585 $131,567 $32,357
5 West Side 13,679 $149,623 $29,552
6 Lower Roseville 9,940 $137,489 $29,909
7 Fairmuont 12,363 $161,000 $30,315
8 Seventh Avenue 10,536 $151,667 $32,132
9 Mount Pleasant 7,187 $164,700 $33,803
10 University Heights 9,646 $146,370 $36,350
11 Central Business District 5,389 $129,883 $42,834
12 North Broadway 10,921 $221,443 $33,740
13 Upper Clinton Hill 16,214 $227,408 $38,308
14 Forest Hill 22,701 $210,724 $33,687
15 Upper Roseville 17,368 $214,031 $36,765
16 Lower Vailsburg 17,181 $180,792 $49,386
17 Weequahic 20,316 $240,015 $46,308
18 South Ironbound 8,225 $258,362 $43,950
19 Upper Vailsburg 16,780 $232,478 $50,730
20 North Ironbound 43,436 $220,131 $45,242
About Nick Johnson

Nick Johnson earned his masters in Business Administration from the Drucker School At Claremont Graduate University. He has written for 39 publications across the country and ran the media relations department at Movoto, a real estate portal based in San Francisco. He has been featured in over 500 publications as an expert in real estate and as an authority on real estate trends.

Nick's the creator of the HomeSnacks YouTube channel that now has over 260,000 subscribers and is an excellent source to learn about different parts of the country.