THE 10 BEST Neighborhoods In Jersey City For 2020


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

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the best neighborhoods to live in Jersey City.
Best Neighborhoods In Jersey City

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. So, if you're thinking of moving to New Jersey and Jersey City is on the top of your list, check out our best neighborhoods to live in.

So what's the best neighborhood to live in Jersey City for 2020? According to the most recent census data, Downtown looks to be the best Jersey City neighborhood to live in.

Read on to see how we determined the places around Jersey City that deserve a little bragging rights or maybe you're interested in the worst neighborhoods in Jersey City.

Once you're done, you can look at the bottom of the story for a complete chart of every neighborhood we looked at from best to worst.

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The 10 Best Neighborhoods To Live In Jersey City

Population: 31,125
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $484,010 (First best)
Median Income: $96,326 (Third best)
More on Downtown: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 10,234
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $443,890 (Second best)
Median Income: $139,130 (Second best)
More on The Waterfront: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 447
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $350,100 (Third best)
Median Income: $139,750 (First best)
More on Liberty Park: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 56,548
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $294,966 (Sixth best)
Median Income: $57,801 (Sixth best)
More on The Heights: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 4,139
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $312,060 (Fourth best)
Median Income: $81,668 (Fourth best)
More on Hackensack Riverfront: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 22,917
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $295,092 (Fifth best)
Median Income: $56,906 (Seventh best)
More on West Side: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 1,175
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 4)
Median Home Value: $283,967 (Eighth best)
Median Income: $59,923 (Fifth best)
More on Lincoln Park: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 19,496
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $269,981 (Tenth best)
Median Income: $43,778 (Tenth best)
More on Mcginley Square: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 27,965
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 3)
Median Home Value: $282,588 (Ninth best)
Median Income: $51,723 (Eighth best)
More on Journal Square: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 21,386
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $290,065 (Seventh best)
Median Income: $42,353 (11th best)
More on Bergen-Lafayette: Homes For Sale | Data

How We Determined The Best Jersey City, NJ Neighborhoods In 2020

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 then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 11 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, Downtown.

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

Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of The Best Neighborhoods In 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.

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Jersey City aren't all good. Greenville takes the title of the worst neighborhood to live in Jersey City.

We ranked the neighborhoods from best to worst in the chart below.

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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods To Live In Jersey City For 2020

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 Downtown 31,125 $484,010 $96,326
2 The Waterfront 10,234 $443,890 $139,130
3 Liberty Park 447 $350,100 $139,750
4 The Heights 56,548 $294,966 $57,801
5 Hackensack Riverfront 4,139 $312,060 $81,668
6 West Side 22,917 $295,092 $56,906
7 Lincoln Park 1,175 $283,967 $59,923
8 Mcginley Square 19,496 $269,981 $43,778
9 Journal Square 27,965 $282,588 $51,723
10 Bergen-Lafayette 21,386 $290,065 $42,353
11 Greenville 47,654 $242,197 $45,289

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.