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.
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:
- Park Ridge
- Fair Haven
- New Providence
- Old Tappan
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:
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
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.
Population: 5,823Property Crime Rank: 8Violent Crime Rank: 1
2. Park Ridge
Population: 8,820 Property Crime Rank: 9Violent Crime Rank: 49
3. Fair Haven
Population: 6,075Property Crime Rank: 41Violent Crime Rank: 1
Population: 8,199Property Crime Rank: 25Violent Crime Rank: 56
Population: 10,372Property Crime Rank: 33Violent Crime Rank: 43
Population: 10,452Property Crime Rank: 35Violent Crime Rank: 41
7. New Providence
Population: 12,355Property Crime Rank: 72Violent Crime Rank: 1
Population: 8,729Property Crime Rank: 40Violent Crime Rank: 50
9. Old Tappan
Population: 5,922Property Crime Rank: 31Violent Crime Rank: 83
Population: 6,832Property Crime Rank: 48Violent 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