These Are The 10 Worst Places To Live In New Jersey For 2018

We analyzed every place in New Jersey to determine which are the real pits.

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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. Bridgeton (Photos)
  2. Newark (Photos)
  3. Lindenwold (Photos)
  4. Millville (Photos)
  5. Pleasantville (Photos)
  6. Trenton (Photos)
  7. Vineland (Photos)
  8. Phillipsburg (Photos)
  9. East Orange (Photos)
  10. Pine Hill

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. Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and see how your city fared in 2018.

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

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How we determined the worst places to live in New Jersey for 2018

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 177 cities.

We then ranked each city from 1 to 177 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 — Bridgeton. 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.

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1. Bridgeton

Bridgeton, New Jersey

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 25,209
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Home Values: $108,500 (3rd worst)
Unemployment Rate: 11.8% (15th worst)
With the 7th lowest median income, the 7th worst crime index, AND the 15th worst unemployment rate on this list, it’s not surprising that Bridgeton is the worst place to live in NJ for the second year in a row.

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.

2. Newark

Newark, New Jersey

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 280,139
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Home Values: $222,100 (30th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 17.2% (2nd worst)
As the largest city in New Jersey, Newark proves that old adage that bigger isn’t always better (in this case, it’s the 2nd worst in New Jersey).

The median household income in Newark is the 3rd lowest on this list at $33,025.

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.

3. Lindenwold

Lindenwold, New Jersey

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 17,482
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Home Values: $124,300 (5th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 11.1% (21st worst)
Here in Lindenwold, you have some of the highest crime and the highest unemployment rates in New Jersey. That’s not a good combination.

Located in Camden County, you have a 1 in 35.6 chance of being the victim of a property crime when inside Lindenwold city limits every year. Some of those crimes might be due to the relatively high unemployment rate (11.1%). That’s good for the 21st highest unemployment rate in New Jersey.

4. Millville

Millville, New Jersey

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 28,399
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 8)
Home Values: $160,200 (9th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 12.2% (13th worst)
Millville, NJ needs a big hug right now. Residents here are underpaid, underemployed and possibly lonely.

Additionally, crime is 4th worst in the state, which is very high considering Millville is so far removed from the rest of New Jersey.

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

5. Pleasantville

Pleasantville, New Jersey

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 20,532
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 1)
Home Values: $157,900 (8th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 13.6% (8th worst)
Out of all the places to live in New Jersey, Pleasantville ranks as the 5th worst — not something to brag about.

Pleasantville’s unemployment rate stands at 13.6%. While the income levels out here are some of the lowest in the state. Residents earn a combined $42,971 a year in salaries. That’s not enough to really get ahead in life.

Additionally, the homes are the 8th cheapest in the entire state at $157,900. Again, some people like the cheap cost of living, but housing is priced on demand, and the fact is, there’s not a lot of demand to live way out in Pleasantville. Plus, what do you do for fun here anyway?

Crime is the 36th worst in the state. You have a 1 in 55.8 chance of being robbed here and a 1 in 180 chance of being attacked or raped. Yikes.

6. Trenton

Trenton, New Jersey

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 84,559
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 7)
Home Values: $100,000 (2nd worst)
Unemployment Rate: 16.0% (5th worst)
Trenton ranks as the 6th worst city in New Jersey. Located in Mercer County, Trenton has the 6th lowest income levels in the state of New Jersey ($34,412), and some of the lowest number of doctors in the state (in case you were wondering).

Crime is above average, and the unemployment rate is 16.0%.

7. Vineland

Vineland, New Jersey

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 60,876
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 3)
Home Values: $164,700 (14th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 8.4% (52nd worst)
Vineland ranks as the 7th worst city in New Jersey.

Located in Cumberland County, Vineland has the 22nd lowest income levels in the state of New Jersey ($48,986).

Crime is above average, and the unemployment rate is 8.4%.

On the bright side, at least people have jobs here compared to other cities on the list.

8. Phillipsburg

Phillipsburg, New Jersey

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 14,570
Rank Last Year: 17 (Up 9)
Home Values: $140,100 (6th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 11.7% (16th worst)
Phillipsburg, part of Warren County, is the 8th worst place to live in New Jersey for 2015.

Residents here earn almost the lowest salaries per year relative to any other residents in the state at $44,660, and crime is the 38th worst in New Jersey.

Additionally, the poverty level is 19.6% in Phillipsburg.

9. East Orange

East Orange, New Jersey

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 64,621
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 5)
Home Values: $209,500 (25th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 16.9% (3rd worst)
Say what you want about how beautiful East Orange might be. The fact is that the economy here is one of the worst in the state.

The unemployment rate rankss 3rd highest in the state at 16.9%. Homes are the 25th lowest priced ($209,500), and the median income per household is just a tad over $38,403.

The fact is most of the people who live here are having a hard time making ends meet, when you consider their earned incomes and lack of jobs.

10. Pine Hill

Population: 10,472
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 2)
Home Values: $140,100 (6th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 8.5% (49th worst)
When you’re looking at the worst places you could live in New Jersey, Pine Hill ranks 10th worst. Let’s see why.

Here in Pine Hill, crime is the 51st highest in the state, and 1 out of 54.5 residents was robbed here according to the latest FBI numbers.

Additionally, you have a 1 in 498 chance of being the victim of a violent crime, which includes rapes, attacks or murders. That’s really high.

When you look at adult education in New Jersey, the folks in Pine Hill have the 56th highest drop out rate. And other factors that make Pine Hill undesirable are the low median incomes and home prices.

The unemployment rate is the 49th highest in New Jersey, at 8.5%.

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, Bridgeton ranks as the worst city to live in New Jersey for 2018.

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

  1. North Caldwell (Pop. 6,519)
  2. Woodcliff Lake (Pop. 5,844)
  3. Haddonfield (Pop. 11,444)

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Detailed List Of The Worst Cities In New Jersey

City Rank Previous Rank Population Unemployment Rate Home Value
Bridgeton 1 1 25,209 11.8% $108,500
Newark 2 3 280,139 17.2% $222,100
Lindenwold 3 2 17,482 11.1% $124,300
Millville 4 12 28,399 12.2% $160,200
Pleasantville 5 6 20,532 13.6% $157,900
Trenton 6 13 84,559 16.0% $100,000
Vineland 7 10 60,876 8.4% $164,700
Phillipsburg 8 17 14,570 11.7% $140,100
East Orange 9 14 64,621 16.9% $209,500
Pine Hill 10 8 10,472 8.5% $140,100
Plainfield 11 9 50,578 10.0% $235,800
Paulsboro 12 7 6,009 15.4% $122,800
Woodbury 13 19 10,024 10.4% $161,600
Wildwood 14 11 5,192 17.3% $225,400
Keansburg 15 15 9,904 12.1% $183,000
Elizabeth 16 16 128,042 10.2% $262,300
New Brunswick 17 20 56,427 9.7% $253,300
Asbury Park 18 18 15,850 12.7% $320,300
Long Branch 19 24 30,705 9.8% $318,600
Harrison 20 22 15,007 10.1% $318,600
West New York 21 21 52,407 10.1% $324,000
Roselle 22 23 21,507 13.8% $204,800
Bellmawr 23 34 11,503 11.4% $163,700
Newton 24 28 7,982 7.9% $209,700
Paterson 25 25 146,894 8.1% $236,000
Linden 26 29 41,595 9.7% $264,900
Freehold 27 45 11,944 7.5% $281,100
Clayton 28 31 8,386 7.9% $178,100
Camden 29 5 76,005 16.5% $82,800
Kearny 30 32 42,029 9.1% $314,000
Somers Point 31 30 10,686 7.9% $217,300
Passaic 32 27 70,536 7.7% $303,600
Guttenberg 33 26 11,628 9.4% $279,600
Glassboro 34 44 19,195 10.2% $190,400
Burlington 35 33 9,850 11.4% $163,600
Hammonton 36 57 14,630 8.9% $239,300
Runnemede 37 36 8,394 9.6% $169,400
Fairview 38 37 14,314 9.0% $352,800
Absecon 39 55 8,438 12.9% $197,900
Carteret 40 37 23,966 11.2% $259,900
South River 41 42 16,305 11.6% $276,500
Keyport 42 51 7,136 6.1% $257,300
Haledon 43 39 8,399 12.5% $259,100
Somerdale 44 35 5,362 8.5% $161,600
Palmyra 45 49 7,299 10.0% $170,100
Garfield 46 43 31,456 7.6% $329,900
Bayonne 47 53 65,772 6.9% $312,900
Prospect Park 48 52 5,919 7.4% $249,800
Perth Amboy 49 46 52,265 4.0% $246,500
North Plainfield 50 48 22,106 6.3% $269,900
Manville 51 58 10,448 8.4% $248,900
Red Bank 52 40 12,218 7.2% $358,200
Stratford 53 50 7,021 9.4% $181,300
Berlin 54 60 7,620 7.5% $230,500
Union Beach 55 54 5,770 12.6% $254,100
Jamesburg 56 70 6,001 7.8% $266,100
Belmar 57 65 5,715 9.9% $568,900
Washington 58 47 6,489 7.0% $213,200
Lodi 59 59 24,654 8.1% $353,000
Little Ferry 60 67 10,868 9.6% $325,700
Hackensack 61 63 44,271 5.0% $291,500
Dover 62 64 18,317 5.3% $262,900
South Plainfield 63 78 23,963 8.4% $322,600
Rahway 64 62 28,884 8.9% $265,300
Hopatcong 65 69 14,633 9.7% $238,300
Bound Brook 66 56 10,512 4.3% $275,700
Wharton 67 41 6,586 8.4% $279,900
Cliffside Park 68 72 24,661 5.9% $415,800
Sayreville 69 74 44,260 7.6% $292,200
Englewood 70 61 28,184 5.3% $379,900
Bloomingdale 71 81 7,995 8.8% $306,800
Carlstadt 72 84 6,238 7.7% $386,200
Brigantine 73 66 9,239 5.4% $344,000
Clifton 74 76 85,578 5.4% $330,300
Secaucus 75 73 18,737 5.0% $399,300
Ridgefield Park 76 86 12,976 5.3% $324,300
Beachwood 77 93 11,153 7.6% $237,400
Middlesex 78 108 13,811 4.3% $302,800
East Rutherford 79 68 9,236 5.6% $383,300
South Amboy 80 71 8,762 7.2% $277,600
Roselle Park 81 83 13,560 10.0% $269,300
Totowa 82 80 10,900 7.4% $369,600
Barrington 83 79 6,831 6.7% $204,700
Somerville 84 91 12,207 6.1% $286,200
Northfield 85 90 8,537 7.0% $234,200
Tinton Falls 86 94 17,910 6.9% $300,300
Palisades Park 87 92 20,499 4.6% $506,000
Wallington 88 87 11,618 4.8% $359,700
Wanaque 89 89 11,636 6.7% $295,900
Collingswood 90 97 13,925 5.3% $257,900
North Arlington 91 85 15,788 6.5% $348,500
Woodland Park 92 88 12,358 7.2% $371,000
Fort Lee 93 95 36,607 5.6% $326,500
Dunellen 94 77 7,355 6.5% $285,200
Butler 95 104 7,773 5.5% $345,100
Elmwood Park 96 96 20,135 4.8% $346,500
Raritan 97 109 7,539 4.0% $334,900
Bogota 98 82 8,348 7.8% $313,400
Spotswood 99 100 8,418 6.2% $286,100
Pompton Lakes 100 106 11,163 6.5% $294,800

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55 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Worst Places To Live In New Jersey For 2018

  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

  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


    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.

    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 ✔.

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