These Are The 10 Safest Cities In New Jersey For 2017

We used data and science to determine the places in New Jersey where everyone sleeps safe and sound.

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We all want the finer things in life. Love, comfort and safety are at the top of everyone's list. For a lot of people who live in the fine state of New Jersey, safety isn't a problem, but we don't live in the safest state, either. New Jersey is somewhere in the middle.

The purpose of this post is to determine where the safest places to live are in the Garden State. Those places where crime is usually something you hear about on Facebook, but not in your local paper.

After analyzing 183 places in New Jersey with a population of more than 5,000, we came up with this list as the safest places here:

  1. Norwood
  2. Park Ridge
  3. Fair Haven
  4. Montvale
  5. Kinnelon
  6. Hillsdale
  7. New Providence
  8. Cresskill
  9. Old Tappan
  10. Mountainside

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. Or for more reading on safe places to read, check out:

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How we calculated the safest cities in New Jersey

While there are surveys and public polls on what cities in a state are the safest, we didn't want to rely on speculation and opinion. Instead, we looked at the hard numbers from the FBI's most recent report of crime (Sept 2015). Specifically, we analyzed the FBI's Uniform Crime Report which summarizes the number of property crimes and violent crimes in each city per year. We used three criteria:

  • Violent crimes per capita (murders, assaults, rapes, armed robberies)
  • Property crimes per capita (thefts, burglaries, motor vehicle thefts)
  • Total crimes per capita
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For example, there were a total of 9 crimes committed in Norwood which had a reported population of 5,823. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.00155 which translates into a 1 in 647 chance of being the victim of a crime.

We only looked at cities that have populations of more than 5,000 people reported to the FBI in 2014. This left us with a total of 183 places in New Jersey to rank.

We ranked each place for each criteria from 1 to 183 where 1 in any particular category is the safest.

Next, we averaged each places three criteria to create a Safety Index. We crowned the place with the lowest overall Safety Score "The Safest Place In New Jersey".

The safest city, based on population, is Norwood. The most dangerous? Wildwood, where residents had a 1 in 1 chance of being the victim of a crime.

Note: This report is not an analysis of the effectiveness of local police departments, nor does it reflect the fact that people from out of town may come into a community and cause a crime. It simply looks at where crimes occurred most frequently, based on a city's population.

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1. Norwood

Norwood - Safest Places In New Jersey
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,823
Property Crime Rank: 8
Violent Crime Rank: 1

2. Park Ridge

Population: 8,820
Property Crime Rank: 9
Violent Crime Rank: 49

3. Fair Haven

Fair Haven - Safest Places In New Jersey
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,075
Property Crime Rank: 41
Violent Crime Rank: 1

4. Montvale

Montvale - Safest Places In New Jersey
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,199
Property Crime Rank: 25
Violent Crime Rank: 56

5. Kinnelon

Kinnelon - Safest Places In New Jersey
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,372
Property Crime Rank: 33
Violent Crime Rank: 43

6. Hillsdale

Hillsdale - Safest Places In New Jersey
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,452
Property Crime Rank: 35
Violent Crime Rank: 41

7. New Providence

New Providence - Safest Places In New Jersey
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,355
Property Crime Rank: 72
Violent Crime Rank: 1

8. Cresskill

Cresskill - Safest Places In New Jersey
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,729
Property Crime Rank: 40
Violent Crime Rank: 50

9. Old Tappan

Old Tappan - Safest Places In New Jersey
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,922
Property Crime Rank: 31
Violent Crime Rank: 83

10. Mountainside

Mountainside - Safest Places In New Jersey
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,832
Property Crime Rank: 48
Violent Crime Rank: 72

There You Have It - The Safest In New Jersey

Looking at the data, you can tell that anything within a 15-minute drive of Norwood is the most desirable, according to science and data. But as most New Jersey residents would agree, almost every place here is awesome.

Most dangerous cities in New Jersey:
3rd Most Dangerous: Millville
2nd Most Dangerous: Atlantic City
Most Dangerous: Wildwood

Detailed List Of The 100 Safest Cities To Live In New Jersey

CityRankPopulationProperty Crime RankViolent Crime Rank
Norwood15,82381
Park Ridge28,820949
Fair Haven36,075411
Montvale48,1992556
Kinnelon510,3723343
Hillsdale610,4523541
New Providence712,355721
Cresskill88,7294050
Old Tappan95,9223183
Mountainside106,8324872
Mount Arlington115,187961
Waldwick129,902971
New Milford1316,6405689
Emerson147,6167561
Chatham159,0111121
Franklin Lakes1610,7999140
Bernardsville177,7861151
Demarest185,00465107
North Caldwell196,4151241
Dumont2017,8208080
Madison2116,09157131
Ridgefield2211,25647147
Glen Rock2311,8599082
Fanwood247,47910563
Bergenfield2527,33971137
Upper Saddle River268,33578128
Oakland2713,00388119
Wood-Ridge287,93839238
Tenafly2914,78814165
North Haledon308,507110123
Closter318,58262211
River Edge3211,566126143
Ringwood3312,38763260
Hasbrouck Heights3412,10099197
Woodcliff Lake355,81817084
Matawan368,887109202
Oradell378,14658320
Mendham385,01613427
Leonia399,129142194
Rumson406,99394279
Caldwell417,90285338
Florham Park4211,802201135
Maywood439,694181177
Hopatcong4414,802104309
Lincoln Park4510,478186242
Midland Park467,269120383
Hawthorne4718,989205234
Roseland485,853146345
Westwood4911,140177290
Little Silver505,93731081
Westfield5130,552288145
Englewood Cliffs525,36932396
Summit5321,869245228
Ridgewood5425,370248281
Wanaque5511,617155505
Northfield568,597380120
Union Beach575,885187499
Fort Lee5836,251139581
Princeton5928,936316292
Ramsey6014,889300367
Allendale616,71748074
Rockaway626,4905271
Jamesburg635,978160639
Spotswood648,413236519
Highland Park6514,263386271
Palisades Park6620,36466845
Roselle Park6713,555244544
Linwood687,03654271
Hammonton6914,735166833
Middlesex7013,831285662
Bloomingdale717,9331161,063
Haddon Heights727,497577257
Beachwood7311,128604220
Point Pleasant7418,426515375
Fair Lawn7533,164591254
Bogota768,329313769
Pitman778,932434596
Fairview7814,233332799
Pompton Lakes7911,179443614
Sayreville8044,051438657
Morris Plains815,598628366
Butler827,659494595
Rutherford8318,434660318
Cliffside Park8424,4932581,026
Metuchen8513,765661342
Boonton868,422405879
Barrington876,877695533
North Arlington8815,734534831
Washington896,466595736
Ridgefield Park9012,969603733
Wallington9111,584738506
Berlin927,618832356
Tinton Falls9317,872923200
South River9416,2743791,210
Oceanport955,800593849
Little Ferry9610,8562431,508
Haddonfield9711,474723766
Wharton986,607815869
Raritan997,3281,041500
South Amboy1008,7875451,371

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