These Are The 10 Safest Cities In New Jersey For 2018
We used data and science to determine the places in New Jersey where everyone sleeps safe and sound.
We all want the finer things in life. Love, comfort and safety are at the top of everyone's list. For a lot of people who live in the fine state of New Jersey, safety isn't a problem, but we don't live in the safest state, either. New Jersey is somewhere in the middle.
The purpose of this post is to determine where the safest places to live are in the Garden State. Those places where crime is usually something you hear about on Facebook, but not in your local paper.
After analyzing 353 places in New Jersey with a population of more than 5,000, we came up with this list as the safest places here:
- Washington Township, Bergen County
- River Vale Township
- Mendham Township
- Bernards Township
- Clinton Township
- Oradell (Photos)
- Warren Township
- New Milford (Photos)
- Bedminster Township
- Byram Township
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. Or for more reading on safe places to read, check out:
How we calculated the safest cities in New Jersey
While there are surveys and public polls on what cities in a state are the safest, we didn't want to rely on speculation and opinion. Instead, we looked at the hard numbers from the FBI's most recent report of crime (Sept 2017). Specifically, we analyzed the FBI's Uniform Crime Report which summarizes the number of property crimes and violent crimes in each city per year. We used two criteria:
- Violent crimes per capita (murders, assaults, rapes, armed robberies)
- Property crimes per capita (thefts, burglaries, motor vehicle thefts)
For example, there were a total of 17 crimes committed in Washington Township, Bergen County which had a reported population of 9,381. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.00181 which translates into a 1 in 552 chance of being the victim of a crime.
We only looked at cities that have populations of more than 5,000 people reported to the FBI in 2016. This left us with a total of 353 places in New Jersey to rank.
We ranked each place for each criteria from 1 to 353 where 1 in any particular category is the safest.
Next, we averaged each places two criteria to create a Safety Index. We crowned the place with the lowest overall Safety Score "The Safest Place In New Jersey".
The safest city, based on population, is Washington Township, Bergen County. The most dangerous? Wildwood, where residents had a 1 in 11 chance of being the victim of a crime.
Note: This report is not an analysis of the effectiveness of local police departments, nor does it reflect the fact that people from out of town may come into a community and cause a crime. It simply looks at where crimes occurred most frequently, based on a city's population.
1. Washington Township, Bergen County
Taking the crown as the safest city in New Jersey for 2018 is Washington Township, Bergen County -- a classic example of everything that makes New Jersey great.
We are talking about only having a 1 in 551.8 chance of being the victim of a property crime and a 1 in 1,500+ chance of being the victim of violent crime.
That's crazy safe. Compare it to Little Rock, AR -- the most dangerous city in the country -- with roughly a 1 in 30 chance of beign the victim of a property crime.
2. River Vale Township
If you're thinking of moving to New Jersey and safety is a top priority, then you can't do much better than River Vale Township -- the 2nd safest in the Garden State.
River Vale Township is the kind of place that old timers talk about longingly -- where kids can run around during the day without adult supervision and you can leave your front door unlocked.
You only had a 1 in 386.7 chance of being the victim of a property crime in River Vale Township.
3. Mendham Township
You might not post on Facebook that much, but now's a time to change that. Be proud that Mendham Township ranks as the 3rd safest city in New Jersey.
Go on. With all the negativity on Facebook all the time now, this is great news for Mendham Township.
We'll wait here safe and sound.
4. Bernards Township
This gem of a place in the Garden State boasts the 17th best property crime rate and 8th best violent crime rate for 2018.
5. Clinton Township
Finishing just inside the top five is Clinton Township, NJ.
You get what you pay for in Clinton Township -- super low crime rates. A 1 in 12,933 chance of being the victim of violent crime gives Clinton Township residents a well earned feeling of safety.
We'd move to Clinton Township in heartbeat.
Population: 8,222Rank Last Year: 73 (Up 67) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (8th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 377 (23rd safest)
Everyone is trying to get in on the quality of life in Oradell, the 6th safest city in New Jersey.
The town of some 8,222 people will have to try and continue to try and keep Oradell a secret, lest crime starts going up simply because of people breaking down the doors to get into town.
See what we did there Oradell?
7. Warren Township
Warren Township is a feel good story of safety and comfort in New Jersey.
It has 1 in 291.8 chance of being the victim of a property crime and a 1 in 16,051 chance of being the victim of violent crime.
That's some of the tops you'll find across the country -- nevermind just in New Jersey.
8. New Milford
Population: 16,804Rank Last Year: 33 (Up 25) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 11 (28th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 243 (7th safest)
The eighth safest city in New Jersey for 2018 goes to New Milford. Let's see why.
There were only 2 violent crimes here last year -- which is basically 0 for the average citizen. And there were only 41 property crimes to boot.
9. Bedminster Township
If you're looking for a safe place to live in New Jersey, may we present Bedminster Township as an option.
While it doesn't sit at the very top of the chart for New Jersey, it still has an impressively low crime rate.
33 property crimes occurred here, which nets out to being the 32nd best in New Jersey on a rate basis.
10. Byram Township
And just making it into the top ten for 2018 is Byram Township.
But we know they don't take this spot for granted -- Byram Township residents can attest that their home town deserves to be the on list.
In total, there were 1 violent crimes and 26 property crimes in Byram Township; that's really good for a place of 7,969 people and definitely something to be happy about looking forward into 2018.
There You Have It - The Safest In New Jersey
Looking at the data, you can tell that Washington Township, Bergen County is as safe as they come, according to science and data.
But as most New Jersey residents would agree, almost every place here has its safe and not safe parts. So just make sure you're informed ahead of time.Most dangerous cities in New Jersey:3rd Most Dangerous: Millville 2nd Most Dangerous: Asbury Park Most Dangerous: Wildwood
Detailed List Of The Safest Cities To Live In New Jersey For 2018
|Washington Township, Bergen County||1||8||9,381|
|River Vale Township||2||2||10,053|
|North Hanover Township||11||134||7,594|
|Monroe Township, Middlesex County||14||14||44,923|
|Long Hill Township||15||20||8,749|
|New Hanover Township||22||66||8,218|
|Berkeley Heights Township||45||15||13,548|
|Ocean Township, Ocean County||48||84||8,927|
|East Greenwich Township||69||119||10,473|
|Mount Olive Township||72||91||29,095|
|Upper Saddle River||80||48||8,369|
|Cedar Grove Township||87||75||12,603|
|Scotch Plains Township||91||86||24,144|
|Washington Township, Morris County||92||5||18,696|
|West Caldwell Township||99||108||11,057|