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 2018:
- Lower Vailsburg (Homes)
- South Ironbound (Homes)
- North Ironbound (Homes)
- Forest Hill (Homes)
- Upper Roseville (Homes)
- Central Business District (Homes)
- Mount Pleasant (Homes)
- Weequahic (Homes)
- University Heights (Homes)
- South Broad Street (Homes)
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.
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How do you determine the top neighborhoods in Newark for 2018?
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, Lower Vailsburg.
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. Lower Vailsburg
Median Income: $45,975
Median Home Value: $194,138
2. South Ironbound
Median Income: $43,380
Median Home Value: $257,575
3. North Ironbound
Median Income: $44,530
Median Home Value: $254,717
4. Forest Hill
Median Income: $35,956
Median Home Value: $243,959
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.
More on Forest Hill: Real Estate | Data
5. Upper Roseville
Median Income: $39,276
Median Home Value: $197,415
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.
More on Upper Roseville: Real Estate | Data
6. Central Business District
Median Income: $46,464
Median Home Value: $191,483
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.
More on Central Business District: Real Estate | Data
7. Mount Pleasant
Median Income: $35,467
Median Home Value: $175,220
Mt. Pleasant is an unincorporated community and neighborhood within the city of Newark in Essex County, New Jersey, United States. It is just north of the Lower Broadway Neighborhood and is part of the Newark Urban Enterprise Zone. It is named for the hill overlooking the Passaic River on which it rests. A number of landmarks in the neighborhood include the former Newark Teachers College. This structure is located on the corner of Broadway and 4th avenue, and is today Technology High School. It also served as the temporary home of Arts high school in the mid-1990s. The open and raised Erie Lackawanna railroad’s NX bascule bridge, which appeared in the film Annie towers and looks over the neighborhood like a quiet sentinel.
More on Mount Pleasant: Real Estate | Data
Median Income: $38,359
Median Home Value: $229,827
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.
More on Weequahic: Real Estate | Data
9. University Heights
Median Income: $39,834
Median Home Value: $183,540
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.
More on University Heights: Real Estate | Data
10. South Broad Street
Median Income: $30,693
Median Home Value: $172,012
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:
- Dayton-Weequahic Park
- Lower Roseville
For more reading, check out:
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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods In Newark
|6||Central Business District||5,366|
|10||South Broad Street||11,868|
|13||Lower Clinton Hill||2,969|
|16||Upper Clinton Hill||14,565|