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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 all get to live in the safest cities -- unless of course you live in River Vale.
The purpose of this post is to determine where the safest cities to live are in the Garden State. Those places where crime is usually something you hear about on Facebook, but not from your local paper.
In all, we analyzed 331 cities in New Jersey with a population of more than 5,000 using the latest FBI crime data.
Here's the list of the safest cities in New Jersey for 2018:
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 2017) in New Jersey.
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 two criteria:
Violent crimes per capita (murders, assaults, rapes, armed robberies)
Property crimes per capita (thefts, burglaries, motor vehicle thefts)
For example, there were a total of 26 crimes committed in River Vale which had a reported population of 10,053. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0026 which translates into a 1 in 386 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 2016. This left us with a total of 331 of the biggest cities in New Jersey to rank.
We ranked each city for each criteria from 1 to 331 where 1 in any particular category is the safest.
Next, we averaged each places two criteria to create a Safety Index. We crowned the place with the lowest overall Safety Score "The Safest Place In New Jersey".
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: 5,869 Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 10) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 17 (37th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 221 (4th safest) More on Norwood:Photos | Real Estate | Data
Norwood is a borough in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 5,711, reflecting a decline of 40 from the 5,751 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 893 from the 4,858 counted in the 1990 Census.
Population: 6,732 Rank Last Year: 21 (Up 9) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (7th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 430 (34th safest) More on North Caldwell:Photos | Real Estate | Data
North Caldwell is a borough in northwestern Essex County, New Jersey, United States, and a suburb of New York City. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 6,183, reflecting a decline of 1,192 from the 7,375 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 669 from the 6,706 counted in the 1990 Census.
Population: 8,519 Rank Last Year: 9 (Down 6) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 11 (23rd safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 399 (27th safest) More on Montvale:Photos | Real Estate | Data
Montvale is a borough in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 7,844, reflecting an increase of 810 from the 7,034 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 88 from the 6,946 counted in the 1990 Census.
There You Have It - The Safest Cities In The Garden State
Looking at the data, you can tell that River Vale is as safe as they come, according to science and data.
But as most New Jersey residents would agree, almost every place here has its safe and not safe parts. So just make sure you're informed ahead of time.