These Are The 10 Best Neighborhoods In Jersey City

We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in Jersey City are the best of the best.

This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. Don’t freak out.

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Do you like your neighborhood? Is it friendly, and where everyone knows their neighbors? No matter if you live in the sticks or in an apartment building in downtown Jersey City, you have a little pocket that you can call home. And each neighborhood is different.

Smaller neighborhoods usually have obvious benefits — less crime, a slower pace of life, and a lower cost of living. But not all Jersey City neighborhoods are created equal. Some are better than others. But which ones?

Instead of relying on public opinion and speculation, we wanted to get the facts straight and find out which neighborhoods in Jersey City are the best. If you’re in one of the places we’re about to highlight, odds are you know you’ve got it made.

Here are the best neighborhoods in Jersey City:

  1. The Waterfront
  2. Downtown
  3. The Heights
  4. Hackensack Riverfront
  5. Journal Square
  6. Mcginley Square
  7. Greenville
  8. West Side
  9. Lincoln Park
  10. Bergen-Lafayette

Read on to see how we determined the places around Jersey City that deserve a little bragging rights.

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How do you determine the best neighborhoods in Jersey City?

In order to rank the best neighborhoods in Jersey City, we had to determine what criteria defines a “best”.

Using crime, census, and extrapolated BLS data, we arrived at the following set of criteria:

  • High incomes
  • Low unemployment rates
  • Low crime
  • High home prices
  • High population densities (A proxy for things to do)

We limited the analysis to neighborhoods with over 1,000 people.

We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 10 in each category, where 1 was the best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a best neighborhood index.

And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest best neighborhood index the “Best City Neighborhood In Jersey City.” We’re lookin’ at you, The Waterfront.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the best places Jersey City has to offer. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from best to worst.

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1. The Waterfront

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,695
Median Home Price: $510,857
Crimes Per 100K People: 865
Unemployment Rate: 2.8%

2. Downtown

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 29,536
Median Home Price: $452,217
Crimes Per 100K People: 1,169
Unemployment Rate: 4.2%

3. The Heights

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 55,229
Median Home Price: $328,660
Crimes Per 100K People: 2,382
Unemployment Rate: 7.2%

4. Hackensack Riverfront

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 4,136
Median Home Price: $328,860
Crimes Per 100K People: 2,045
Unemployment Rate: 6.7%

5. Journal Square

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 27,388
Median Home Price: $325,730
Crimes Per 100K People: 2,475
Unemployment Rate: 6.1%

6. Mcginley Square

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 18,851
Median Home Price: $303,193
Crimes Per 100K People: 2,665
Unemployment Rate: 6.7%

7. Greenville

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 47,170
Median Home Price: $310,052
Crimes Per 100K People: 2,515
Unemployment Rate: 10.0%

8. West Side

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 19,928
Median Home Price: $297,146
Crimes Per 100K People: 2,507
Unemployment Rate: 8.4%

9. Lincoln Park

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 1,027
Median Home Price: $264,600
Crimes Per 100K People: 2,530
Unemployment Rate: 9.1%

10. Bergen-Lafayette

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 19,950
Median Home Price: $294,988
Crimes Per 100K People: 2,695
Unemployment Rate: 11.8%

Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of Jersey City

If you’re measuring the neighborhoods in Jersey City where crime is low and everyone wants to live, this is an accurate list.

If you’re curious, here are the worst places in Jersey City:

  1. Bergen-Lafayette
  2. Lincoln Park
  3. West Side

For more reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods In Jersey City

Neighborhood Rank Population Home Prices Crimes Per 100k Unemployment Rate
The Waterfront 1 8,695 $510,857 865 2.8%
Downtown 2 29,536 $452,217 1,169 4.2%
The Heights 3 55,229 $328,660 2,382 7.2%
Hackensack Riverfront 4 4,136 $328,860 2,045 6.7%
Journal Square 5 27,388 $325,730 2,475 6.1%
Mcginley Square 6 18,851 $303,193 2,665 6.7%
Greenville 7 47,170 $310,052 2,515 10.0%
West Side 8 19,928 $297,146 2,507 8.4%
Lincoln Park 9 1,027 $264,600 2,530 9.1%
Bergen-Lafayette 10 19,950 $294,988 2,695 11.8%

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.