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 Newark, 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 Newark 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 Newark 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 Newark:
- North Ironbound
- Lower Vailsburg
- Forest Hill
- Upper Roseville
- Central Business District
- South Ironbound
- North Broadway
- University Heights
- Mount Pleasant
- Upper Vailsburg
Read on to see how we determined the places around Newark that deserve a little bragging rights.
How do you determine the best neighborhoods in Newark?
In order to rank the best neighborhoods in Newark, 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 20 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 Newark.” We’re lookin’ at you, North Ironbound.
Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the best places Newark has to offer. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from best to worst.
1. North Ironbound
Population: 39,372Median Home Price: $325,848
Crimes Per 100K People: 3,700
Unemployment Rate: 8.1%
2. Lower Vailsburg
Population: 15,670Median Home Price: $257,709
Crimes Per 100K People: 3,672
Unemployment Rate: 12.6%
3. Forest Hill
Population: 22,579Median Home Price: $333,956
Crimes Per 100K People: 3,849
Unemployment Rate: 10.2%
4. Upper Roseville
Population: 16,503Median Home Price: $281,483
Crimes Per 100K People: 4,215
Unemployment Rate: 10.8%
5. Central Business District
Population: 4,622Median Home Price: $303,260
Crimes Per 100K People: 3,722
Unemployment Rate: 10.5%
6. South Ironbound
Population: 6,872Median Home Price: $307,512
Crimes Per 100K People: 3,713
Unemployment Rate: 11.7%
7. North Broadway
Population: 10,572Median Home Price: $307,900
Crimes Per 100K People: 4,362
Unemployment Rate: 9.5%
8. University Heights
Population: 10,375Median Home Price: $250,350
Crimes Per 100K People: 4,555
Unemployment Rate: 7.3%
9. Mount Pleasant
Population: 7,335Median Home Price: $291,700
Crimes Per 100K People: 4,415
Unemployment Rate: 11.7%
10. Upper Vailsburg
Population: 15,199Median Home Price: $223,368
Crimes Per 100K People: 4,059
Unemployment Rate: 15.6%
Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of Newark
If you’re measuring the neighborhoods in Newark where crime is low and everyone wants to live, this is an accurate list.
If you’re curious, here are the worst places in Newark:
- Lower Clinton Hill
- Dayton-Weequahic Park
- West Side
For more reading, check out:
- These Are The 10 Best Places To Live In New Jersey
- 43 New Jersey Facts They Never Taught You In High School
- These Are The 10 Snobbiest Places In New Jersey
Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods In Newark
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|South Broad Street||14|
|Upper Clinton Hill||16|
|Lower Clinton Hill||20|