Worst Newark Suburbs For 2020


We used science and data to determine which Newark suburbs 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 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the worst suburbs around Newark.

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Not everyone is cut out for city life. Some people would prefer to live in the cities and towns that surround Newark.

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 Munsey Park certainly tries.

Of course, not all suburbs of Newark are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones. So without further ado...

We examined the 216 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.

Here are the 10 worst suburbs around Newark for 2020:

  1. Morristown (Photos)
  2. Greenville
  3. New Brunswick (Photos)
  4. Plainfield (Photos)
  5. Elizabeth (Photos)
  6. Spring Valley
  7. East Orange (Photos)
  8. South River (Photos)
  9. Linden (Photos)
  10. Keansburg (Photos)

What's the worst suburb of Newark? Morristown ranks as the worst suburb of Newark for 2020 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.

Or, if you're thinking of moving to elsewhere in new jersey check out the best places in new jersey overall or the worst.

And remember, there are some good places to live around Newark too.

Editor's Note: If you see a slight difference between the worst in state rankings and this suburb ranking, it's because of the methodology. We needed a way to include more places, so we eliminated crime and commute times as criteria for this analysis.

For more New Jersey reading, check out:

The 10 Worst Newark Suburbs To Live For 2020

Morristown, NJ

Overall SnackAbility

2
/10

Population: 29,547
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $32,386 (3rd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 9.0% (7th highest)
Median Home Value: $111,900 (3rd lowest)
More on Morristown:  Data | Photos

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.

2. Greenville

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 12,824
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Median Income: $39,294 (6th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 8.9% (8th highest)
Median Home Value: $93,700 (1st lowest)
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Welcome to Greenville. Home to KMart, Big Lots, and a lot of gas stations.

This city is 26.5 miles to Newark. Income levels here are the 6th lowest in the metro area, where families bring in about $39,294 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.

New Brunswick, NJ

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 56,084
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Median Income: $42,185 (7th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.6% (19th highest)
Median Home Value: $257,400 (14th lowest)
More on New Brunswick:  Data | Photos

Back up the highway we go for the third worst Newark suburb you can live in. You might have expected to see New Brunswick 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.

Plainfield, NJ

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 50,508
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Income: $57,334 (19th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.1% (27th highest)
Median Home Value: $239,200 (9th lowest)
More on Plainfield:  Data | Photos

If you live in Plainfield, most likely you struggle to make ends meet every month. It ranks as the 19th lowest Newark suburb when it comes to residents making money.

Not only that, but this is the 27th worst unemployed suburb you can live in if you choose to live near Newark. Remember, we looked at 216 cities for this study.

Plainfield is about 14.8 miles to downtown.

Elizabeth, NJ

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 128,153
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Income: $46,975 (11th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.3% (23rd highest)
Median Home Value: $273,700 (25th lowest)
More on Elizabeth:  Data | Photos

Elizabeth has the distinction of being a Newark suburb. Which means that's about all it has going for it.

All snarkiness aside, Elizabeth has the 25th lowest home values in the metro Newark area, where the median price is $273,700. To put that into perspective, in Munsey Park, the median income is $250,001, which is the best in the area.

Elizabeth has an unemployment rate of 7.28% which ranks 23rd worst.

6. Spring Valley

Spring Valley, NY

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 32,281
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Income: $43,949 (8th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.4% (20th highest)
Median Home Value: $288,700 (31st lowest)
More on Spring Valley:

Spring Valley has 32,281 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 26.56113127268177%.

East Orange, NJ

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 64,400
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 2)
Median Income: $44,809 (9th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 15.3% (1st highest)
Median Home Value: $213,700 (5th lowest)
More on East Orange:  Data | Photos

Ah, East Orange. You rank as the 7th worst place to live around Newark.

It's the place with the 1st most out of work residents in the Newark metro area (15.31%).

South River, NJ

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 16,091
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 1)
Median Income: $69,068 (43rd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 8.7% (10th highest)
Median Home Value: $294,500 (34th lowest)
More on South River:  Data | Photos

South River is a city about 22.1 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. South River has the 23rd most uninsured people, 43rd worst incomes, and has the 10th highest unemployment rate (8.73%) in the entire Newark metro area.

Homes only cost $294,500 for a reason. That's cheap for Newark standards.

Linden, NJ

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 42,033
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 2)
Median Income: $68,870 (42nd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.7% (18th highest)
Median Home Value: $276,700 (28th lowest)
More on Linden:  Data | Photos

If you absolutely have to live near Newark, then Linden might be a place for you to consider as it's only the 9th worst Newark suburb.

About 7.7% of residents are out of work.

Keansburg, NJ

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 9,788
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 2)
Median Income: $46,725 (10th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 8.8% (9th highest)
Median Home Value: $190,500 (4th lowest)
More on Keansburg:  Data | Photos

Rounding out the ten worst Newark suburbs to call home is Keansburg.

Located 19.1 miles outside the city, Keansburgs is a real pit when you look at the data. Its residents have the 9th highest unemployment rate (8.8%), and poverty is far above the area average.

Determining The Worst Suburbs Around Newark for 2020

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 cities 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 2014-2018, 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 216 suburbs to evaluate around Newark.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 216 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. You can download the data here.

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.

The areas around Newark where the dream is more of a nightmare for 2020

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. Munsey Park takes the cake as the best place to live around Newark.

  • Munsey Park
  • Scarsdale
  • Larchmont

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Detailed List Of The Worst Newark Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income Median Home Values
1 Morristown 29,547 $32,386 $111,900
2 Greenville 12,824 $39,294 $93,700
3 New Brunswick 56,084 $42,185 $257,400
4 Plainfield 50,508 $57,334 $239,200
5 Elizabeth 128,153 $46,975 $273,700
6 Spring Valley 32,281 $43,949 $288,700
7 East Orange 64,400 $44,809 $213,700
8 South River 16,091 $69,068 $294,500
9 Linden 42,033 $68,870 $276,700
10 Keansburg 9,788 $46,725 $190,500
11 Keyport 7,070 $56,000 $258,600
12 Haledon 8,338 $64,057 $268,800
13 Guttenberg 11,436 $56,023 $305,500
14 West New York 52,477 $54,512 $315,200
15 Paterson 145,800 $39,282 $237,500
16 Passaic 70,131 $36,226 $325,800
17 Fairview 14,269 $57,706 $354,300
18 Fairview 14,269 $57,706 $354,300
19 Fairview 14,269 $57,706 $354,300
20 Fairview 14,269 $57,706 $354,300
21 Carteret 23,682 $74,676 $271,900
22 Dover 18,091 $70,412 $265,200
23 Roselle 21,582 $61,804 $214,300
24 Little Ferry 10,827 $61,144 $316,600
25 Kearny 41,567 $67,348 $323,400
26 Wharton 6,521 $69,271 $294,400
27 Harrison 16,180 $65,550 $330,200
28 Elmsford 4,993 $89,362 $441,200
29 South Amboy 8,694 $67,519 $276,400
30 Perth Amboy 51,832 $53,011 $255,100
31 Dunellen 7,284 $69,868 $280,200
32 Bayonne 65,300 $59,924 $320,300
33 Mount Vernon 68,035 $57,109 $360,300
34 Prospect Park 5,861 $51,523 $263,000
35 Hempstead 55,399 $62,347 $311,700
36 Red Bank 12,120 $69,620 $401,200
37 Jersey City 261,746 $65,923 $362,100
38 Yonkers 199,745 $62,380 $392,300
39 North Plainfield 21,640 $72,569 $269,000
40 Manville 10,283 $69,654 $253,800
41 Garfield 31,578 $57,161 $333,900
42 Lodi 24,498 $60,651 $376,200
43 Englewood 28,332 $84,342 $393,600
44 Hackensack 44,381 $67,188 $298,500
45 East Newark 2,665 $63,015 $311,900
46 Rahway 29,370 $74,164 $266,300
47 Union Beach 5,549 $80,208 $263,100
48 Sayreville 44,285 $78,155 $296,900
49 Moonachie 2,739 $65,688 $356,700
50 Highlands 4,818 $59,234 $273,100
51 Union 6,555 $71,180 $96,600
52 Bloomingdale 8,105 $89,471 $297,000
53 New York 8,443,713 $60,762 $570,500
54 New Square 8,133 $23,578 $376,400
55 Ridgefield 11,248 $67,500 $436,200
56 Chestnut Ridge 8,057 $89,575 $465,300
57 Bound Brook 10,328 $69,467 $276,500
58 Bogota 8,362 $83,517 $326,900
59 New Rochelle 79,205 $80,918 $562,700
60 Clifton 85,169 $74,307 $337,200
61 North Arlington 15,724 $75,291 $350,600
62 Woodland Park 12,489 $76,068 $365,800
63 Somerville 12,121 $75,718 $308,400
64 Glen Cove 27,226 $78,066 $498,500
65 Carlstadt 6,191 $100,792 $375,000
66 Spotswood 8,293 $76,055 $292,400
67 Suffern 10,926 $85,802 $312,100
68 Wanaque 11,689 $90,091 $313,000
69 Roselle Park 13,568 $71,846 $281,000
70 Palisades Park 20,554 $64,684 $525,600
71 South Plainfield 23,906 $100,782 $332,700
72 Riverdale 4,226 $109,851 $338,500
73 Wallington 11,580 $65,212 $356,800
74 Elmwood Park 20,112 $77,887 $353,100
75 Cliffside Park 24,883 $66,952 $443,300
76 Jamesburg 5,947 $76,442 $267,900
77 Pompton Lakes 11,049 $97,782 $305,000
78 Raritan 7,797 $78,404 $335,200
79 Middlesex 13,659 $71,061 $300,400
80 Secaucus 19,390 $101,184 $448,100
81 Mamaroneck 19,213 $96,088 $612,900
82 Manorhaven 6,620 $89,492 $582,800
83 Kaser 5,179 $20,102 $1,083,300
84 Boonton 8,302 $88,633 $377,900
85 East Rutherford 9,466 $78,429 $389,300
86 Fort Lee 36,990 $78,093 $323,800
87 Airmont 8,776 $92,313 $477,000
88 Lincoln Park 10,339 $92,346 $331,600
89 Ridgefield Park 12,934 $80,450 $340,700
90 Kenilworth 8,160 $98,624 $346,000
91 South Bound Brook 4,550 $83,155 $247,900
92 Helmetta 2,283 $83,068 $250,700
93 Wood-Ridge 8,511 $92,989 $386,600
94 Atlantic Highlands 4,289 $97,083 $384,000
95 Highland Park 13,992 $80,846 $362,600
96 Mount Arlington 5,507 $89,063 $332,900
97 Nyack 7,188 $71,474 $460,100
98 Maywood 9,654 $88,143 $380,500
99 North Haledon 8,446 $99,613 $429,200
100 Totowa 10,828 $101,321 $377,200

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