These Are The 10 Worst Places To Live In New Jersey For 2019


We analyzed every place in New Jersey to determine which 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 2019. This is our fifth time ranking the worst places to live in New Jersey.

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Everybody in the Northeast (who isn’t from Jersey) thinks of the state as the armpit of the region; a land mainly comprised of highways, landfills, and factory fumes. Also, as the state that raised the cast of Jersey Shore.

But aside from being the region’s favorite running joke, New Jersey has plenty of lovely places to live. Just not the places you’ll be seeing on this list.

We’ve looked at the numbers to finally determine which cities in New Jersey contribute the most to the state’s bad name (which, incidentally, may be the best places to visit if you want to see why so many in the Northeast ride on the NJ hate-train).

The following cities are the bottom of the barrel in New Jersey:

  1. Newark (Photos)
  2. Bridgeton (Photos)
  3. Lindenwold (Photos)
  4. Vineland (Photos)
  5. Millville (Photos)
  6. Plainfield (Photos)
  7. Long Branch (Photos)
  8. Camden (Photos)
  9. East Orange (Photos)
  10. Pine Hill (Photos)

What? Where are these places you wonder? And before you get all riled up and say we’re picking on small town America, that’s not the case.

We understand there’s a lot of good in every place.

However, according to data (which doesn’t measure things like beauty and ‘friendly people’), there are far better options in the state for making a place home. And the worst place to live in New Jersey? That would be Newark.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and see how your city fared in 2019.

If you’re looking for something more national, check out the worst cities in America or the worst states in America.

For more New Jersey reading, check out:

How we determined the worst places to live in New Jersey for 2019

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 don’t think it’s a stretch to assume that people like the following things:

  • Good education
  • Lots of jobs
  • Low crime
  • Low poverty
  • Nice homes
  • High incomes
  • High population density (Lots of things to do)
  • Short work commutes
  • Health insurance

The data comes from the Census’s most recent American Community Survey and from the FBI Uniform Crime Report.

We broke crime down into violent crime and property crime to give violent crime a larger weight — if you did a simple calculation of all crimes per capita, property crimes are normally 7x more common and really bias that ranking.

Furthermore, only cities with at least 5,000 people were considered — leaving 175 cities.

We then ranked each city from 1 to 175 for all the criteria with a #1 ranking being the worst for the particular criteria.

Next, we averaged the rankings into one “Worst Place To Live Score”.

Finally, we ranked every city on the “Worst Place To Live Score” with the lowest score being the worst city in New Jersey — Newark. Read on for a detailed look at the 10 worst cities in New Jersey.

This list is a scientific analysis based on real data and is completely unbiased.

Newark, NJ

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4
/10

Population: 282,803
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $222,800 (31st worst)
Unemployment Rate: 14.8% (4th worst)
More on Newark:  Data | Photos

As the largest city in New Jersey, Newark proves that old adage that bigger isn’t always better (in this case, it’s the 1st worst im New Jersey).

The median household income in Newark is the 4th lowest on this list at $34,826.

Add that to a crime index in the worst 5% of all places in New Jersey and an unemployment rate that’s nearly double the national average, and it’s not a stretch to say Newark truly is part of the armpit of America.

Bridgeton, NJ

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 24,948
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $103,400 (3rd worst)
Unemployment Rate: 11.5% (10th worst)
More on Bridgeton:  Data | Photos

With the 3rd lowest median income, the 8th worst crime index, AND the 10th worst unemployment rate on this list, it’s not surprising that Bridgeton is the highest on this list.

Being in the top 35% in New Jersey as far as commute times goes helps, but one wonders if commuting further away from the worst place in New Jersey might actually make a Bridgeton resident’s day a bit better.

Lindenwold, NJ

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5
/10

Population: 17,481
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $121,900 (5th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 9.7% (21st worst)
More on Lindenwold:  Data | Photos

Lindenwold, part of Camden County, is the 3rd worst place to live in New Jersey for 2017.

. Residents here earn almost the lowest salaries per year relative to any other residents in the state at $41,346, and crime 15th worst in New Jersey.

Additionally, the poverty level is 17.5% in Lindenwold.

Vineland, NJ

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Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 60,824
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $164,500 (11th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 8.1% (42nd worst)
More on Vineland:  Data | Photos

If you live in New Jersey, you may or may not be surprised that Vineland ranked, at least on paper, as the 4th worst place to live in the state. It has the 42nd highest unemployment rate in the state, and the 10th most dangerous.

Incidentally, Vineland is the 6th most densely populated city in New Jersey. Draw your own conclusions.

Millville, NJ

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5
/10

Population: 28,235
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $156,900 (9th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 11.2% (12th worst)
More on Millville:  Data | Photos

Would you believe that Millville is the 3rd most dangerous place in New Jersey? That’s the case, as every year, you have a 1 in 18.2 chance of being the victim of a property crime when you’re within Millville city limits.

In addition, every year, you have a 1 in 176 chance of being a victim of a violent crime in Millville. That means raped, attacked or killed. Again, for New Jersey, that’s just unacceptable.

Beyond the crime numbers, Millville’s unemployment rate is the 12th highest in New Jersey (11.2%), and homes are the 9th cheapest in the state ($156,900). Say what you want about ‘cheap living’, the fact is homes are priced on demand, and there’s not a lot of demand to live in Millville.

Plainfield, NJ

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6
/10

Population: 51,097
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 4)
Median Home Value: $236,400 (37th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 8.6% (36th worst)
More on Plainfield:  Data | Photos

Plainfield needs some tough love.

Years ago, someone told me the sun never shines in Plainfield. That’s not true, of course, but you can understand why she might say that when you analyze certain facts about Plainfield. Of the 175 cities considered in this ranking, Plainfield had the least to be proud of across the board.

Not only does Plainfield have New Jersey’s 37th lowest home value rank, but it also had the 36th and 27th highest rankings in unemployment and crime respectively. Statistics like that will certainly make the sun shine a bit dimmer, and it will win you are in contention for title of “Worst City in New Jersey.”

If you know anyone in Plainfield, tag them on Facebook and tell them you love them. They can probably use it right about now.

Long Branch, NJ

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7
/10

Population: 30,751
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $337,000 (90th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 8.6% (36th worst)
More on Long Branch:  Data | Photos

When you’re looking at science and data, the city of Long Branch is the 7th worst place you can live in the state of New Jersey. Let’s see why.

You may be surprised to hear that the crime here is the 19th-highest in the state per capita, according to the FBI data base.

Residents in Long Branch had a 1 in 36.7 chance of being robbed in 2016. To put things into perspective, since the average person has 300 friends on Facebook, if everyone you friended lived in Long Branch, statistically, 25 of them would have been the victim of a property crime, meaning a home robbery, car break in or a stolen wallet.

Long Branch’s other issues are a very high unemployment rate (8.6%) and income levels of its residents ($54,398).

Camden, NJ

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Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 75,550
Rank Last Year: 40 (Up 32)
Median Home Value: $82,300 (1st worst)
Unemployment Rate: 14.0% (5th worst)
More on Camden:  Data | Photos

Camden is one of the poorest cities in the state of New Jersey. This city has 14.0% of its residents out of work, and those who have jobs earn under $26,105 a year.

Cities can be charming, but not when they are dangerous. Camden has the 7th highest crime rate in New Jersey. While the numbers aren’t staggering (New Jersey is a relatively safe place when you compare it to the rest of the country), it’s still undesirable when you consider that there are far safer (and more stimulating) places to make your home in the Garden State.

East Orange, NJ

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Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 65,151
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $205,100 (24th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 15.1% (3rd worst)
More on East Orange:  Data | Photos

East Orange, where there’s absolutely nothing to do unless you enjoy bowling, ranks as the 9th worst city in New Jersey.

Besides the lack of pure amenities, East Orange has some real economic problems to contend with. The unemployment rate hovers near 15.1%, and families earn around $41,819 a year. It’s also the 36th highest in New Jersey for crime, where 1 in 61.5 people gets robbed every year.

Does living in a place where people who come to visit are robbed sound like fun?

Pine Hill, NJ

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 10,517
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $138,300 (7th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 9.5% (22nd worst)
More on Pine Hill:  Data | Photos

If you live in Pine Hill, this might not be a surprise, but you have the 30th highest crime rate, per capita in the state of New Jersey. Every year you spend here, you have a 1 in 42.2 chance of being the victim of a property crime like a car break in or home invasion robbery.

That’s a lot of stolen cell phones, laptops and black license plates.

Plus there were 32 violent crimes in the last FBI reporting year. That means if you spent a year there, you’d have a 1 in 328 chance of being raped or attacked.

Finally, the folks who live here earn the 24th lowest salaries in New Jersey At $51,286 a household, that’s simply not enough to get by for most folks.

Wrapping Up The Worst In New Jersey

If you’re looking at areas in New Jersey with the worst economic situations, where there’s higher than average crime, and not a lot to do, this is an accurate list.

And in the end, Newark ranks as the worst city to live in New Jersey for 2019.

If you’re curious enough, here are the best cities to live in New Jersey:

  1. Fair Haven (Pop. 6,015)
  2. North Caldwell (Pop. 6,637)
  3. Woodcliff Lake (Pop. 5,868)

For more New Jersey reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Worst Places To Live In New Jersey

Rank City Population Unemployment Rate Home Value
1 Newark 282,803 14.8% $222,800
2 Bridgeton 24,948 11.5% $103,400
3 Lindenwold 17,481 9.7% $121,900
4 Vineland 60,824 8.1% $164,500
5 Millville 28,235 11.2% $156,900
6 Plainfield 51,097 8.6% $236,400
7 Long Branch 30,751 8.6% $337,000
8 Camden 75,550 14.0% $82,300
9 East Orange 65,151 15.1% $205,100
10 Pine Hill 10,517 9.5% $138,300
11 Trenton 84,867 13.0% $95,900
12 Elizabeth 129,363 8.7% $268,700
13 Harrison 15,898 8.6% $309,000
14 New Brunswick 56,792 9.5% $257,100
15 Phillipsburg 14,540 9.3% $136,800
16 Keansburg 9,868 12.3% $185,100
17 Pleasantville 20,568 11.2% $144,900
18 Asbury Park 15,830 10.8% $335,500
19 Clayton 8,475 7.0% $185,900
20 Wildwood 5,136 15.3% $221,500
21 West New York 53,345 8.9% $316,200
22 Woodbury 9,980 9.0% $165,300
23 Linden 42,230 9.3% $264,400
24 Guttenberg 11,733 8.6% $273,000
25 Fairview 14,422 10.5% $351,400
26 Freehold 11,938 5.8% $290,900
27 Paulsboro 5,970 16.1% $113,600
28 Kearny 42,487 7.7% $318,700
29 Somers Point 10,644 7.2% $217,600
30 North Plainfield 22,092 6.2% $269,600
31 Passaic 71,057 6.2% $309,700
32 Burlington 9,835 10.3% $159,400
33 Roselle 21,746 12.3% $206,700
34 South River 16,345 10.4% $289,300
35 Bellmawr 11,482 8.0% $165,400
36 Paterson 147,890 6.4% $235,500
37 Carlstadt 6,268 7.8% $380,700
38 Absecon 8,370 13.3% $196,100
39 Little Ferry 10,942 9.0% $323,300
40 Bayonne 66,719 6.6% $314,800
41 Hammonton 14,557 6.5% $245,100
42 Keyport 7,138 5.9% $256,500
43 Red Bank 12,220 6.3% $369,400
44 Carteret 24,040 8.4% $267,500
45 South Plainfield 24,154 8.2% $325,400
46 Runnemede 8,391 8.1% $167,700
47 Glassboro 19,387 9.9% $191,800
48 Belmar 5,719 6.8% $560,100
49 Washington 6,517 6.9% $209,200
50 Garfield 31,808 5.9% $329,100
51 Lodi 24,805 7.9% $369,800
52 Berlin 7,612 5.9% $232,300
53 Haledon 8,440 9.9% $264,100
54 Hackensack 44,673 4.8% $292,600
55 Somerdale 5,417 8.2% $165,500
56 Wharton 6,591 8.0% $293,800
57 Newton 7,937 4.3% $206,300
58 Dunellen 7,392 7.4% $279,800
59 Englewood 28,509 6.0% $374,200
60 Rahway 29,443 7.4% $263,200
61 Perth Amboy 52,563 3.7% $246,700
62 Dover 18,307 5.2% $262,800
63 Hopatcong 14,507 8.4% $233,600
64 Secaucus 19,279 4.8% $426,000
65 Palisades Park 20,716 5.3% $521,400
66 Manville 10,436 5.6% $251,900
67 Palmyra 7,296 6.7% $173,300
68 Bound Brook 10,510 2.7% $270,900
69 Middlesex 13,875 4.3% $293,700
70 Union Beach 5,634 11.1% $259,800
71 Jamesburg 6,038 6.3% $267,700
72 Sayreville 44,744 6.5% $293,200
73 Clifton 86,207 4.8% $331,800
74 Paramus 26,919 4.9% $574,600
75 Prospect Park 5,955 5.5% $259,800
76 North Arlington 15,877 5.9% $347,800
77 Brigantine 9,164 5.3% $348,900
78 Bloomingdale 8,139 8.7% $298,700
79 Barrington 6,811 6.3% $203,500
80 Cliffside Park 24,861 4.7% $432,200
81 Totowa 10,829 6.5% $370,200
82 Woodland Park 12,542 5.9% $369,300
83 East Rutherford 9,433 3.2% $380,600
84 Stratford 7,019 8.8% $181,700
85 South Amboy 8,811 7.1% $278,900
86 Pompton Lakes 11,205 6.7% $303,300
87 Ridgefield 11,369 6.9% $447,300
88 Wanaque 11,782 5.2% $302,700
89 Beachwood 11,193 6.7% $233,300
90 Mount Arlington 5,405 6.8% $296,600
91 Pitman 8,886 8.7% $183,900
92 Roselle Park 13,709 7.5% $277,900
93 West Long Branch 7,944 5.3% $412,300
94 Fort Lee 37,058 5.1% $332,500
95 Elmwood Park 20,293 5.1% $348,200
96 Ridgefield Park 13,070 4.0% $326,700
97 Leonia 9,191 6.0% $481,200
98 Watchung 5,961 2.4% $717,200
99 Collingswood 13,969 4.3% $259,200
100 Rutherford 18,622 6.2% $446,500

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56 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Worst Places To Live In New Jersey For 2019

  1. I might throw Union city under the bus but Wny and guttenberg are pretty decent places especially considering how dense they are, have you been to Irvington? Vineland? Camden? Bayonne?

  2. Having lived in West New York for thirty years and having worked in Union City for many of those, I certainly can’t argue with this assessment. Overpopulation is one of many problems plaguing the area. There is also so much corruption. I left many years ago and was so happy to do so.

  3. Itotally adisagree with your statement regarding Union City. It’s completely the opposite!!! Come to the city and you will see. God bless Union City!!

  4. I am not even sure where to begin with this list …. Clearly you haven’t been to the towns you’ve list and haven’t done any actual research but simply going off someone else “statistics”… If anything you sound like someone who calls himself a Chef, voicing his amazing culinary skill but has never tasted his own food… In other words …Ridiculous and an unreliable source…. Hopefully in the near future you can take the time to do some actual investigation work on the topic your writing about ….

  5. This article is satire and the person who wrote the article has no idea what the hell he is talking about. The fact that he used “stuff to do” as a static, plus the fact that Camden is not on the list AT ALL proves my point. Unbiased my ass.

  6. I have to strongly disagree with your list. No way WNY, Guttenberg and UC are worse places to live in than JC, Paterson, Camden, Atlantic City, and many other cities in NJ. Their educational districts are much better than whatever stats you came up with. You have many foreigners taking tests, and the tests are not reflective of the successful integration of so many nationalities.

    1. Union city , gutternberg and west New York way better than jersey city ,Paterson ….
      Educational districts , low crime

  7. This is no report. It’s totally ludicrous, rediculous and ambiguous. Look at that beautiful picture of WNY. And the meltingpot of all kinds of people that actually say, “Good morning”, “Thank you”, etc.
    How condescending to compare a tv show to the Real People of New Jersey who never to a NY minute to rush to the aide of the many victims of 9/11, Sandy or anything else coming their way!
    How dare you! You should be ashamed of yourself!
    And that’s all I have to say about that!

  8. Who’s wrote this stupid article. FYI college educated, work in the city and I live in Orange for 5 years.This is a bias article foh!

  9. I do not believe that about Madison park . It is a devopment not a town and the picture is Sayreville. Maybe who ever wrote this should know what they are talking about. All facts wrong, the writer that wrote this is sadly mistaken and a letter of apology should be posted on facebook

    1. My thoughts exactly. Madison Park is a great place. It is a housing development (neighborhood) in Old Bridge Township. I have lived there for over 50 years and have never experienced any problems.

  10. When I read your article it bothered me so much. I grew up in WNY and I could tell you we had everything you wanted and needed to prepare you for the world. Not to many places you can go and have New York City as your backdrop as you played basketball in the park or I can never remember not having a friend to hang out with, still today many of my friends are my childhood friends. We had everything we needed nearby, from movie theaters, Bergenline Ave with over 100 blocks of stores, we also had every sport you can imagine, plus the Meadowlands and we did not only watch them, we played them as well and of course we had the greatest city in the world in our door step, we did not only stay in WNY we were near everything. By the way all of New Jersey weather is crappy, so that puts the entire state on the list and as far as income we had again New York City to tap into if we wanted. No town is perfect, but WNY made me who I am today a father of 4 kids, Married 27 years to my WNY High School sweatheart, graduate from Fairleigh Dickinson University, and a successful entrepreneur. I will always carry WNY in my heart !

  11. I would drive into and walk around parts of Newark. I wouldn’t set foot in Patterson without a strong guy with me. The cops wait am hour to go to a crime scene to make sure the idiots are done shooting. They send a three cop cars..1 to respond, 2 for backup, 3 to watch the cop cars so they aren’t stolen. Camden as well. I won’t go without my body guard. I am not being racist. . it’s just a mess and unsafe.

  12. Jersey City is in the middle of Iraq including BAYONNE. If i had the money to buy these 2 cities including newark i will sell them to iraq.they’re really bad to raised kid’s really not safe for anyone.

  13. I agree being a Jersey girl, Jersey city, East Orange not Orange, Camden and some parts of Trenton are pretty rough. Cause he didn’t go by crime rate.

  14. This is opinionated not factual. Yes cities like Newark, Irvington, and Orange are high crime areas! Why! When the necessities needed for basic survival are denied, chaos happens. I lived in two of these cities and know first hand the difficulty of finding employment there. The majority of jobs are doled out to outsiders, inside and outside the state solely because the residents there aren’t provided with services and resources that would provide productivity. There are plenty here qualified to perform the same tasks as the outsiders but are denied solely because they are residents of the cities in question, deemed the same as the rest. It doesn’t matter the skin color, just saying you are from these places raises brows and cast a shadow
    of doubt not just for employment but residency, visitation and everything-else. Most places has their problem sector but these mentioned as the worst for high crime (on and off the list) are prejudged. Many may say no to this but those saying no aren’t from there. Given the chance to improve surely would give us the opportunity to seek better but this too is not wanted by most. Nay sayers may be disagreeing with this list but many don’t and won’t let them out no matter their qualifications, standards and desire for
    change.

  15. I agree that our towns were sht sometimes sht holes, but the claim that they are ranked by a criteria shows that you know nothing about New Jersey. Union City, West New York and Newark have great commuting. Newark has a Pen Station for goodness sake. They put the Red Bulls and Devils in Newark because of the ease of transportation. Union City and West New York have pretty good education systems considering the dense population. And if we are ranking by crime, poverty, and high unemployment, where the hell is Camden, Atlantic City, and Trenton?

  16. As a Jersey girl, I must say that only 2 of the people of the TV show “Jersey Shore” are from NJ. Most of them are from
    Staten Island! 😀

  17. Madison Park is not a town, it is a subset of north/northwest Old Bridge Township…and the picture shown for it is approximately 1 mile north into the next town (sayreville).

  18. Seriously dude how can you leave out Camden this list is a joke I’m guessing you don’t even live in new jersey

  19. This list is absolutely right on.. My parents bought a house in WNY in 1982 .. I graduated from memorial in ’85 it was an incredibly lovely town where everyone knew each other shopping and restaurants were amazing . There was a sense of safety . After 33 years I’m sad to say it’s definitely time to go .. There isn’t a restaurant worth going to ,every store is a .99 cent , if u get home past 7:30 good luck finding a parking . When u actually see the decline of what was once a beautiful suburban town its a damn shame and I don’t appreciate people trying to paint it any better than the dispicable overpopulated mess it is now

    1. Sorry, you’re wrong. The town turned to absolute shit in the mid-60’s. I couldn’t wait to get out of there.

  20. Where’s Jersey City? Bayonne? Camden? Paterson? The author of this article is obviously not from New Jersey if he thinks these are the worst places.

  21. This list is ridiculous. West New York, Union City and Guttenberg made the list but not Jersey City, Camden, Patterson, or Atlantic City?!?!? AND you said the cast of the Jersey shore came from New Jersey when most of them were born in New York? I know internet articles generally have low standards but this is horrific.

    You’re obviously not from Jersey and you obviously don’t know how to research very well Mr. Zane.

    1. You were obviously driving through there too fast to not notice the horses, clean living, awesome schools, and high property taxes. Were Rumson, Monmouth Beach, and Elberon equally reprehensible?

  22. Madison Park is a development not a city. The picture shown isn’t Madison Park. Madison Park is a part of Old Bridge. I’ve lived here mist of my life. I don’t hear about all this crime. Again check your info. Madison Park isn’t a city.

  23. I live in West New York, and I have to say this list is pretty damn accurate.

    There are a lot of variables that Matt has taken into account so do yourself a favor and check the lengthy data he compiled. If he had added a “corruption” metric, West New York would be #1.

    But we can’t be first in anything, alas, save maybe illegal immigrants.

  24. Bridgeton is the county seat of the poorest county in the state,it is taking it’s neighbors Millville and Vineland down with it.Unemployment is up and Social Services are overwhelmed.

    1. it is funny i am moving to bridgeton to retire near the water parts of the county are stunnunnning and others are the pits

  25. Camden(also known as Condemned)is a victim of the de-industrialization of the nation.It looks and acts disgusting.Its suburbs are old, worn out and not very attractive anymore.

  26. There are few things that will convince me that the area of West New York, Union City, and Guttenberg aren’t a giant lump of excrement that I’d never live in again. Seriously, it’s all one area, really. Bad driving, high crime, cockroaches, and just a terrible place. the area gets better when you start going through North Bergen and is gone by the time you get to Cliffside Park. We can also agree that Newark and Irvington are a cesspool of corruption, crime, and drugs. Those are the obvious choices and the author is not wrong in bringing these aboard to his article.

    HOWEVER, he missed a whole bunch that are truly horrific cities. Has the writer ever been to Wildwood, Atlantic City, Seaside, Lakewood, Neptune, or Fairview? Those are terrible places, too. Or how about Camden? It’s like a war zone. Drive through Lakewood on your way down to LBI on Route 9 and you’ll find a city that is dying of neglect. Lakewood is growing, but if you put cancer in a healthy body, it will grow, too.

    No, there are bad places to live in New Jersey. The author found some of the more obvious ones and neglected some of the worst. After all Camden has been on the book of lists as one of the worst places to live in the country since they started writing them.

  27. Bergen County is a bad place to live and so is Camden County not just Camden. A so-called famous woman who said whe was abused in Camden when she was 10 moved with her family to nearby Cherry Hill said it was “like being abducted by aliens and taken to a penal colony” and I’d agree. Bergen County is about as bad and a lot of the local and County governments there are even worse. Lots of ‘worst in the world’ things there from no buying on Sunday to crime and corruption to being treated as poorly and dangerous as Camden County and if you say anything they’ll get mean and may try to hurt you and your kids. Fbi even talked to high school kids in Bergen County because ISIS was sending video messages to the children there – what a terrible place. Lookup “FBI forums focus on ISIS recruitment threat in N.J. ” in May 2016 and “FBI Speaks To Bergen County High School Students About ISIS Recruitment Threat”. Bergen County government is so bad and a lot of people there so mean and harmful to their own children ISIS targets their kids! Lots of racism and even disgraceful eugenics from all races to the the others there and it is supported and encouraged by the criminal justice system and police, not the way to handle a diverse and crowded population. Gets my vote for worst place to live and place to be most avoided in the US.

  28. This list is so inaccurate…Guttenberg & WNY are densely populated & not the best choice of a place to live…but I know many people who love it there. So many great restaurants in the area, easy & close access to the city & I never experienced any danger or crime of any kind.
    There are parks, dog runs & so much to do. What about the tons of desolate, depressing, awful towns in South Jersey… There’s plenty he could’ve added to the list. I don’t think this person really knows anything about New Jersey because he left out so many worse towns…Camden, Paterson, East Orange, etc…

  29. The author of this article is out of touch with reality. Union City is a great area!!! The mayor has taken great strides to beautify the neighborhood and that has given a new sense of pride for the people that live here. People say hello to you on the street. Everything is at your finger tips as far as shopping, restaurants, etc. Let’s also not forget that the commute to Manhattan is only 15 minutes. We have lived here for a year now and stand by the fact that it was a great investment. People are rapidly buying into this area because they see the upward trend of the area. YES it’s Jersey, but get over it! LOVE Union City!!!

  30. SOME of the worst streets are in Paterson, comparable to Camden & Newark (1990s). Those 2 towns are greatly improving, Trenton & (even) Irvington are worse than Newark overall, though, Irvington may not be rated as high as Newark on a crime list. Jersey City is barely better than Newark but may be getting worse again crime-wise. This, basically, applies to what means the ‘worst’ towns given various factors for N.J. cities.

  31. Hello

    Matt

    I would like to invite to visit Paulsboro, NJ. I do not agree with your data, since i also serve on the governing body of the borough of Paulsboro.

    I would like to do a conference call with our administrative team to review your data. Paulsboro is a safe and clean town, a classic American blue collar town with a rich tradition going back to the early days of our country.

    Looking forward to talk with you soon.

    Thanks
    John Giovannitti

  32. You may state that this is based on numbers and not other things that make a city. But most people are not going to read that they just look at you list and take it at face value. You do know Bridgeton is the largest historic area in the state, that it has a free public zoo, lush parks, and lakes. Why don’t you check out the Bridgeton Main Street Association Website. In fact instead of looking at numbers I would suggest you attend our Cinco De Mayo celebration, as far as I know in 2017 no arrests or crime at the event, or the Crab Fest in September. How bout the Holiday House Tour, that one you all should really see in person before making list like this and publishing them on the internet. I really think you should tour a place before you go and throw even more negative light on a community that has good people in it trying to bring it back to the glory it was before all the industry left. Also very interesting how most of the cities on the list are in South Jersey and have been dying slowly because of the high taxes in the state that are a result of the Northern population and heavily leaning Democratic voting.

  33. I’ve lived in Union City most of my life and yes, the area has deteriorated somewhat due to lower incomes and the economic downfall of NJ but I still love it here. It has a low crime rate, NYC is around the corner, Hoboken is down the street, everything you need is close. The Meadowlands, theatres, malls and it’s a hard working community for those who can find jobs. There are much, much worse cities you wouldn’t set foot in not mentioned here. So, yes, more research needs to be ✔.

  34. Bergen County with Hackensack, Englewood, Tenafly, Cresskill, Bergenfield, Teaneck and many others is the worst place to live in the US with corruption stealing children, torturing kids in schools (Also Camden County), attacking anyone complaining about the Apartheid schools hurting children, they literally come to your home, attack wife and children while away, break in and steal kids and make them sick with horrible drugs and if you fight they use the Political Abuse of Psychiatry to destroy the best people in town – Look it up. Nowhere is the world-leading corruption, terror and torture worse than in Bergen County New Jersey and now that corruption moved from the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office as the most corrupt and dangerous and killer in the world to running the State of New Jersey Attorney General’s Office the only way to make the worst most hated corrupt state in the country and world even worse. Working with federal complaints to stop the domestic terror and horrific child trafficking terror of the State of New Jersey – Join the Fight! No child or person or family is safe in Bergen County New Jersey and it isn’t the only one.

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