These Are The 10 Worst Small Towns In New Jersey For 2018


Using science and data, we can tell you which teeny specks in New Jersey are the pits.

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Most Americans have never been to New Jersey. However, as the people who live there know, New Jersey is an awesome state.

But is it all roses? Definitely not. Just like any other state, New Jersey has its trouble spots. This article aims to determine, using science, the absolute worst small towns to live in the Garden State. Don’t shoot the messenger, this is all using data.

After analyzing more than 65 of New Jersey’s smallest cities, we came up with this list as the 10 worst small towns in New Jersey where you’d never want to live:

  1. Burleigh
  2. Wright
  3. Cedarville
  4. Asbury
  5. Shiloh
  6. Hi-Nella
  7. Mountain Lake
  8. Audubon Park
  9. Branchville
  10. West Wildwood

Of course, many of these cities would rank highly if they were in other states, since New Jersey has its stuff figured out.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers, or scroll to the bottom to see how your town ranked.

And if you already know about the small towns, check out the best places to live in New Jersey or the worst places to live in New Jersey.

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How do you decide if a place is lousy or not?

In order to rank the worst small towns to live in New Jersey, we had to determine what criteria people like or dislike about a place. It isn’t a stretch to assume that people like low crime, solid education, things to do and a stable economy.

So we scraped the internet for those criteria, and it spit out the answer. Like magic.

How we crunched the numbers

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using FBI crime data, the Census’s 2010-2014 American Community Survey, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this is the criteria we used:

  • Population Density (The lower the worse)
  • Highest Unemployment Rates
  • Low housing costs (meaning there’s no demand)
  • Adjusted Median Income (Median income adjusted for the cost of living)
  • Education (Number of high school dropouts)
  • High Crime

We looked at cities with populations between 100 and 1,000 people, of which, there were a lot – 65 to be exact.

Additional note: We get the crime numbers from the FBI, which gets its crime numbers from the cities themselves. Dropout numbers are based on the adult population, not just the current graduation rates of teenagers.

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1. Burleigh


Population: 392
Median Income: $39,583
Median Home Value: $163,100

2. Wright

Source: Public Domain

Population: 764
Median Income: $46,818
Median Home Value: $208,300

3. Cedarville


Population: 767
Median Income: $61,250
Median Home Value: $121,100

4. Asbury


Population: 260
Median Income: $70,781
Median Home Value: $252,300

5. Shiloh


Population: 349
Median Income: $65,938
Median Home Value: $156,600

6. Hi-Nella


Population: 895
Median Income: $43,482
Median Home Value: $155,800

7. Mountain Lake


Population: 598
Median Income: $51,319
Median Home Value: $190,800

8. Audubon Park


Population: 993
Median Income: $44,850
Median Home Value: $63,600

9. Branchville


Population: 846
Median Income: $59,375
Median Home Value: $257,200

10. West Wildwood


Population: 500
Median Income: $47,411
Median Home Value: $259,200

There You Have It – The Worst Small Towns In New Jersey

If you’re analyzing teeny places in the Garden State with the worst economic situations, where there’s high crime and there’s not a lot to do, this is an accurate list.

If you’re curious enough, here are the best small towns to live in New Jersey, according to science.

  1. Best: Blawenburg
  2. 2nd Best: Interlaken
  3. 3rd Best: Skillman

For more reading, check out:

  • 10 Worst Places To Live In New Jersey
  • These Are The 10 Richest Cities In New Jersey For 2018
  • 10 Safest Places In New Jersey
  • Ranking Of The 100 Worst Small Towns In New Jersey

    City Rank Population Home Price
    Burleigh 1 392 $163,100
    Wright 2 764 $208,300
    Cedarville 3 767 $121,100
    Asbury 4 260 $252,300
    Shiloh 5 349 $156,600
    Hi-Nella 6 895 $155,800
    Mountain Lake 7 598 $190,800
    Audubon Park 8 993 $63,600
    Branchville 9 846 $257,200
    West Wildwood 10 500 $259,200
    Corbin City 11 484 $238,300
    Broadway 12 208 $163,700
    Andover 13 598 $262,100
    Belleplain 14 599 $223,400
    Blairstown 15 642 $231,800
    Mount Hermon 16 110 $277,300
    Pedricktown 17 508 $173,700
    Quinton 18 549 $170,800
    New Village 19 380 $242,900
    Hope 20 193 $333,300
    Harmony 21 374 $225,000
    West Cape May 22 955 $476,400
    Deal 23 708 $1,218,800
    Fieldsboro 24 629 $199,100
    Juliustown 25 300 $266,300
    Bloomsbury 26 774 $247,400
    Hancocks Bridge 27 245 $160,400
    Great Meadows 28 242 $199,200
    Lopatcong Overlook 29 645 $188,100
    Upper Stewartsville 30 148 $229,500
    Roosevelt 31 748 $269,900
    Far Hills 32 991 $741,800
    Columbia 33 339 $230,000
    Delaware Park 34 704 $198,200
    Cape May Point 35 214 $735,500
    Silver Lake Cdp (Warren County) 36 320 $258,300
    Griggstown 37 792 $377,500
    Stewartsville 38 320 $168,800
    Anderson 39 339 $285,400
    Marksboro 40 115 $216,700
    Brookfield 41 632 $240,500
    Finesville 42 221 $261,000
    Harvey Cedars 43 430 $940,900
    Stockton 44 620 $386,400
    Ship Bottom 45 880 $600,300
    East Millstone 46 571 $399,200
    Millstone 47 498 $368,500
    Rockleigh 48 588 $1,708,300
    Stone Harbor 49 925 $1,190,900
    Hutchinson 50 108 $236,700
    Allenhurst 51 496 $1,103,100
    Blackwells Mills 52 646 $573,700
    Rocky Hill 53 618 $465,000
    Pleasant Plains 54 580 $606,600
    Harlingen 55 186 $647,100
    Barnegat Light 56 574 $704,200
    Clyde 57 243 $364,300
    Brainards 58 221 $184,400
    Loch Arbour 59 202 $1,125,000
    Mantoloking 60 276 $2,000,000
    East Rocky Hill 61 223 $519,400
    Belle Mead 62 196 $454,500
    Skillman 63 211 $608,100
    Interlaken 64 806 $633,200
    Blawenburg 65 305 $1,099,300

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