These Are The 10 Best Neighborhoods In Newark


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

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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 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:

  1. North Ironbound
  2. Lower Vailsburg
  3. Forest Hill
  4. Upper Roseville
  5. Central Business District
  6. South Ironbound
  7. North Broadway
  8. University Heights
  9. Mount Pleasant
  10. Upper Vailsburg

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

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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.

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1. North Ironbound

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 39,372
Median Home Price: $325,848
Crimes Per 100K People: 3,700
Unemployment Rate: 8.1%

2. Lower Vailsburg

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,670
Median Home Price: $257,709
Crimes Per 100K People: 3,672
Unemployment Rate: 12.6%

3. Forest Hill

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 22,579
Median Home Price: $333,956
Crimes Per 100K People: 3,849
Unemployment Rate: 10.2%

4. Upper Roseville

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 16,503
Median Home Price: $281,483
Crimes Per 100K People: 4,215
Unemployment Rate: 10.8%

5. Central Business District

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 4,622
Median Home Price: $303,260
Crimes Per 100K People: 3,722
Unemployment Rate: 10.5%

6. South Ironbound

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,872
Median Home Price: $307,512
Crimes Per 100K People: 3,713
Unemployment Rate: 11.7%

7. North Broadway

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,572
Median Home Price: $307,900
Crimes Per 100K People: 4,362
Unemployment Rate: 9.5%

8. University Heights

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,375
Median Home Price: $250,350
Crimes Per 100K People: 4,555
Unemployment Rate: 7.3%

9. Mount Pleasant

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,335
Median Home Price: $291,700
Crimes Per 100K People: 4,415
Unemployment Rate: 11.7%

10. Upper Vailsburg

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,199
Median 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:

  1. Lower Clinton Hill
  2. Dayton-Weequahic Park
  3. West Side

For more reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods In Newark

Neighborhood Rank Population Home Prices Crimes Per 100k Unemployment Rate
North Ironbound 1 39,372 $325,848 3,700 8.1%
Lower Vailsburg 2 15,670 $257,709 3,672 12.6%
Forest Hill 3 22,579 $333,956 3,849 10.2%
Upper Roseville 4 16,503 $281,483 4,215 10.8%
Central Business District 5 4,622 $303,260 3,722 10.5%
South Ironbound 6 6,872 $307,512 3,713 11.7%
North Broadway 7 10,572 $307,900 4,362 9.5%
University Heights 8 10,375 $250,350 4,555 7.3%
Mount Pleasant 9 7,335 $291,700 4,415 11.7%
Upper Vailsburg 10 15,199 $223,368 4,059 15.6%
Weequahic 11 20,957 $241,162 4,203 15.2%
Seventh Avenue 12 11,057 $247,086 4,639 12.1%
Lower Roseville 13 9,634 $257,167 4,678 14.6%
South Broad Street 14 12,647 $287,025 4,327 14.2%
Fairmuont 15 11,681 $234,777 4,673 11.1%
Upper Clinton Hill 16 15,231 $207,744 4,732 16.0%
Springfield-Belmont 17 13,489 $223,780 4,776 11.5%
West Side 18 13,461 $211,554 4,856 12.7%
Dayton-Weequahic Park 19 3,063 $251,175 4,817 12.5%
Lower Clinton Hill 20 2,802 $243,300 4,887 17.9%

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