The suburbs of Newark call to all types of people looking to escape city live. Some people would prefer to live in the cities and towns that surround Newark to avoid all the hustle and bustle.
So the question arises, do the suburbs maintain a semblance of the larger-than-life appeal of their more famous neighbor?
Today, we’ll use science and data to determine which Newark ‘burbs need a little tender loving care – the sore thumbs of the Newark area if you will. Realistically, you can’t expect all the suburbs to live up to Newark proper, although East Williston certainly tries.
Of course, not all suburbs of Newark are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones..
We examined the 215 biggest suburbs of Newark to find out the worst places to live. And while you won’t necessarily find them on the worst places to live in New Jersey lists, these ten places are a little too far downwind of Newark in terms of quality of life.
What’s the worst suburb of Newark? Morristown ranks as the worst suburb of Newark for 2023 based on the most recent Census and FBI data.
Read on to see how we determined the places around Newark that need a pick-me-up. And remember, don’t blame the messenger.
And remember, there are some good places to live around Newark too.
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The 10 Worst Newark Suburbs To Live For 2023
We’ll get the ball rolling with Morristown, the absolute worst place to live around Newark according to the data.
And in the world of worst rankings, Morristown beat the competition pretty handily thanks to scoring in the bottom 15% in three major categories. Income is the 3rd worst in the Newark area, and to make matters worse, the city ranks 3rd worst when it comes to home values.
But hey, at least it’s cheap to live there. But there’s a reason for that… it’s Morristown.
You won’t feel bad about not having a great income for the area, there aren’t a bunch of places to spend your money anyway.
Welcome to Perth Amboy. Home to KMart, Big Lots, and a lot of gas stations.
This city is 15.0 miles to Newark. Income levels here are the 10th lowest in the metro area, where families bring in about $53,750 a year, which doesn’t go a long ways even on a shoestring budget.
But on the bright side, there are a lot of fast food joints in the area.
Back up the highway we go for the third worst Newark suburb you can live in. You might have expected to see Plainfield on here. While the cost of living is low, your entertainment and work options are limited. And that’s an understatement.
In terms of numbers, it’s in the worst 15% for insurance, and the adult high school drop out rate is poor compared to other Newark suburbs.
But at least there are nice parks to bring the kids during the day.
If you live in Paterson, most likely you struggle to make ends meet every month. It ranks as the 5th lowest Newark suburb when it comes to residents making money.
Not only that, but this is the 15th worst unemployed suburb you can live in if you choose to live near Newark. Remember, we looked at 215 cities for this study.
Paterson is about 13.2 miles to downtown.
Dover has the distinction of being a Newark suburb. Which means that’s about all it has going for it.
All snarkiness aside, Dover has the 12th lowest home values in the metro Newark area, where the median price is $275,400. To put that into perspective, in East Williston, the median income is $250,001, which is the best in the area.
Dover has an unemployment rate of 7.23% which ranks 44th worst.
New Brunswick has 55,671 residents that probably know it’s a pretty crummy place to live when you look at the data. (Or, if you’ve ever been there, you don’t need to look at the data.)
Incomes are towards the bottom and the poverty rate sits at 35.27630259986776%.
Ah, Passaic. You rank as the 7th worst place to live around Newark.
It’s the place with the 3rd most out of work residents in the Newark metro area (11.71%).
East Orange is a city about 3.5 miles from Newark, but Newark probably wishes it was further away. It ranks as the 8th worst burb for 2018.
You’d be hard pressed to find a worse place to live. East Orange has the 25th most uninsured people, 12th worst incomes, and has the 2nd highest unemployment rate (11.85%) in the entire Newark metro area.
Homes only cost $244,100 for a reason. That’s cheap for Newark standards.
If you absolutely have to live near Newark, then North Plainfield might be a place for you to consider as it’s only the 9th worst Newark suburb.
About 9.32% of residents are out of work.
Rank Last Year: 28 (Up 18)
Median Income: $60,048 (15th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.9% (36th highest)
Median Home Value: $303,400 (25th lowest)
More on East Newark: Data
Rounding out the ten worst Newark suburbs to call home is East Newark.
Located 2.0 miles outside the city, East Newarks is a real pit when you look at the data. Its residents have the 36th highest unemployment rate (7.86%), and poverty is far above the area average.
Methodology: Determining The Worst Suburbs Around Newark for 2023
To figure out how bad a Newark suburb is to live in, we only needed to know what kinds of things people like and then decide what suburbs have the least amount of those things.
We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using the most recent American Community Survey data from 2017-2021, this is the criteria we used:
- High unemployment rate
- Low median household incomes
- Low population density (no things to do)
- Low home values
- A lot of high school drop outs
- High poverty
- High rate of uninsured families
FYI: We defined a suburb as being within 30 miles of Newark.
Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 2,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 215 suburbs to evaluate around Newark.
We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 215 in each category, where 1 was the “worst”.
Next, we averaged the rankings for each place to create a quality of life index.
And finally, we crowned the city with the worst quality of life index the “Worst Suburb near Newark.” We’re lookin’ at you, Morristown.
Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the worst of the worst. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the suburbs ranked from worst to best.
Summary: The areas around Newark where the dream is more of a nightmare for 2023
Well there you have it — the worst of the ‘burbs surrounding Newark with Morristown casting itself ahead of the pack.
As we mentioned earlier, the suburbs around Newark aren’t all bad. East Williston takes the cake as the best place to live around Newark.
- East Williston
- East Hills
- Essex Fells
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Detailed List Of The Worst Newark Suburbs
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