The 10 Best Newark, NJ Neighborhoods To Live In For 2019


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

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our fifth time ranking the best neighborhoods to live in Newark.
Best Neighborhoods In Newark

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 for 2019:

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

So what’s the best neighborhood to live in Newark for 2019? According to the most recent census data, North Ironbound looks to be the best Newark neighborhood to live in.

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

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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How we determined the best Newark hoods in 2019

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 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, 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.

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 43,436
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $220,131 (3rd best)
Median Income: $45,242 (2nd best)
More on North Ironbound: Homes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 17,181
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $180,792 (7th best)
Median Income: $49,386 (1st best)
More on Lower Vailsburg: Homes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 8,225
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $258,362 (1st best)
Median Income: $43,950 (3rd best)
More on South Ironbound: Homes For Sale | Data

Upper Roseville Newark, NJ

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 17,368
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $214,031 (4th best)
Median Income: $36,765 (7th best)
More on Upper Roseville: Homes For Sale | Data

Roseville is an unincorporated community and neighborhood within the city of Newark in Essex County, New Jersey, United States. It borders Bloomfield and East Orange. To the neighborhood’s immediate east is the Newark City Subway and Branch Brook Park. Roseville is divided into Upper Roseville north of 3rd Ave and Lower Roseville south of 3rd Ave.

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 22,701
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $210,724 (5th best)
Median Income: $33,687 (12th best)
More on Forest Hill: Homes For Sale | Data

Forest Hill is an unincorporated community and neighborhood within the city of Newark in Essex County, New Jersey, United States. It is a pre-World War II neighborhood in the North Ward. It is bounded on the west by Branch Brook Park, on the south by Bloomfield Avenue, and on the east by both Summer and Mt. Prospect Avenues, the neighborhood of Broadway. The neighborhood’s ZIP code is 07104.

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 10,921
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 6)
Median Home Value: $221,443 (2nd best)
Median Income: $33,740 (11th best)
More on North Broadway: Homes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 14,689
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $175,305 (8th best)
Median Income: $43,529 (4th best)
More on Upper Vailsburg: Homes For Sale | Data

Weequahic Newark, NJ

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 20,878
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $188,375 (6th best)
Median Income: $39,947 (6th best)
More on Weequahic: Homes For Sale | Data

Weequahic is an unincorporated community and neighborhood within the city of Newark in Essex County, New Jersey, United States. Part of the South Ward, it is separated from Clinton Hill by Hawthorne Avenue on the north, and bordered by the city of Irvington on the west, Newark Liberty International Airport and Dayton on the east, and Hillside Township and the city of Elizabeth on the south.

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 5,389
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 3)
Median Home Value: $129,883 (17th best)
Median Income: $42,834 (5th best)
More on Central Business District: Homes For Sale | Data

Downtown Newark, officially known as the Central Business District, is an unincorporated community and neighborhood within the city of Newark in Essex County, New Jersey, United States. Downtown Newark is Newark’s central business, retail, and cultural district and the largest such district in New Jersey. It is located at a bend in the Passaic River.

University Heights Newark, NJ

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 9,646
Rank Last Year: 9 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $146,370 (14th best)
Median Income: $36,350 (9th best)
More on University Heights: Homes For Sale | Data

University Heights is a neighborhood in Newark in Essex County, New Jersey, United States. It is so named because of the location of four academic institutions within its boundaries Rutgers University, the New Jersey Institute of Technology, the New Jersey Medical School, and Essex County College. In total, the schools enroll approximately 32,000 degree-seeking students.

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

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

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Newark aren’t all good. Dayton-Weequahic Park takes the title of the worst neighborhood to live in Newark.

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 Newark For 2019

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 North Ironbound 43,436 $220,131 $45,242
2 Lower Vailsburg 17,181 $180,792 $49,386
3 South Ironbound 8,225 $258,362 $43,950
4 Upper Roseville 17,368 $214,031 $36,765
5 Forest Hill 22,701 $210,724 $33,687
6 North Broadway 10,921 $221,443 $33,740
7 Upper Vailsburg 14,689 $175,305 $43,529
8 Weequahic 20,878 $188,375 $39,947
9 Central Business District 5,389 $129,883 $42,834
10 University Heights 9,646 $146,370 $36,350
11 Mount Pleasant 7,187 $164,700 $33,803
12 Seventh Avenue 10,536 $151,667 $32,132
13 Upper Clinton Hill 13,987 $167,053 $36,598
14 Fairmuont 12,363 $161,000 $30,315
15 Lower Roseville 9,940 $137,489 $29,909
16 West Side 13,679 $149,623 $29,552
17 Lower Clinton Hill 2,585 $131,567 $32,357
18 South Broad Street 11,776 $106,406 $28,311
19 Springfield-Belmont 12,462 $75,687 $24,967
20 Dayton-Weequahic Park 2,788 $87,600 $23,837

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.

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