Top 15 Safest Cities In New Jersey For 2018

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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:

  1. River Vale (Homes)
  2. Mendham (Photos | Homes)
  3. Bernards (Homes)
  4. Clinton (Photos | Homes)
  5. Oradell (Photos | Homes)
  6. Warren (Homes)
  7. New Milford (Photos | Homes)
  8. Bedminster (Homes)
  9. Byram (Homes)
  10. North Hanover (Homes)
  11. Norwood (Photos | Homes)
  12. North Caldwell (Photos | Homes)
  13. Long Hill (Homes)
  14. Old Tappan (Photos | Homes)
  15. Montvale (Photos | Homes)

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

How we calculated the safest cities in New Jersey

Safest Cities in New Jersey Graph

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)
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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".

The safest city, based on our criteria, is River Vale. The most dangerous city in New Jersey? Wildwood, where residents had a 1 in 10 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.

1. River Vale

River Vale, NJ
Overall SnackAbility

/10

Population: 10,053
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (7th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 258 (6th safest)
More on River Vale: 

Mendham, NJ
Overall SnackAbility
10
/10

Population: 5,846
Rank Last Year: 62 (Up 60)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (7th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 342 (13th safest)
More on Mendham: PhotosReal Estate | Data

3. Bernards

Bernards, NJ
Overall SnackAbility

/10

Population: 27,024
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (7th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 347 (15th safest)
More on Bernards: 

Clinton, NJ
Overall SnackAbility
7
/10

Population: 12,933
Rank Last Year: -
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 7 (18th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 324 (8th safest)
More on Clinton: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Oradell, NJ
Overall SnackAbility
10
/10

Population: 8,222
Rank Last Year: 63 (Up 58)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (7th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 377 (20th safest)
More on Oradell: PhotosReal Estate | Data

6. Warren

Warren, NJ
Overall SnackAbility

/10

Population: 16,051
Rank Last Year: 20 (Up 14)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 6 (15th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 342 (14th safest)
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New Milford, NJ
Overall SnackAbility
9.5
/10

Population: 16,804
Rank Last Year: 25 (Up 19)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 11 (24th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 243 (5th safest)
More on New Milford: PhotosReal Estate | Data

8. Bedminster

Bedminster, NJ
Overall SnackAbility

/10

Population: 8,239
Rank Last Year: 46 (Up 38)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (7th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 400 (28th safest)
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9. Byram

Byram, NJ
Overall SnackAbility

/10

Population: 7,969
Rank Last Year: 16 (Up 7)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 12 (27th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 326 (9th safest)
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10. North Hanover

Source: Public Domain
Overall SnackAbility

/10

Population: 7,594
Rank Last Year: 120 (Up 110)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (7th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 421 (33rd safest)
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Norwood, NJ
Overall SnackAbility
7
/10

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: PhotosReal 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. North Caldwell, NJ
Overall SnackAbility
10
/10

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: PhotosReal 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.

13. Long Hill

Long Hill, NJ
Overall SnackAbility

/10

Population: 8,749
Rank Last Year: 13 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (7th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 445 (40th safest)
More on Long Hill: 

Old Tappan, NJ
Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility
9.5
/10

Population: 6,039
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (7th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 447 (41st safest)
More on Old Tappan: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Montvale, NJ
Overall SnackAbility
9.5
/10

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: PhotosReal 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.

Here's a look at the most dangerous cities in New Jersey according to the data:

  1. Wildwood
  2. Asbury Park
  3. Millville
For more reading, check out:

List Of Safest Cities In New Jersey For 2018

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per 100k Property Crimes Per 100k
1 River Vale, NJ 10,053 0 258
2 Mendham, NJ 5,846 0 342
3 Bernards, NJ 27,024 0 347
4 Clinton, NJ 12,933 7 324
5 Oradell, NJ 8,222 0 377
6 Warren, NJ 16,051 6 342
7 New Milford, NJ 16,804 11 243
8 Bedminster, NJ 8,239 0 400
9 Byram, NJ 7,969 12 326
10 North Hanover, NJ 7,594 0 421
11 Norwood, NJ 5,869 17 221
12 North Caldwell, NJ 6,732 0 430
13 Long Hill, NJ 8,749 0 445
14 Old Tappan, NJ 6,039 0 447
15 Montvale, NJ 8,519 11 399
16 Sparta, NJ 19,049 10 409
17 Tewksbury, NJ 5,862 0 460
18 Mountainside, NJ 6,887 0 508
19 New Providence, NJ 12,461 8 449
20 New Hanover, NJ 8,218 24 48
21 Cresskill, NJ 8,815 22 328
22 Montgomery, NJ 23,160 17 401
23 Holland, NJ 5,137 19 389
24 Lebanon, NJ 6,356 15 456
25 Westwood, NJ 11,252 17 435
26 Chesterfield, NJ 7,534 26 305
27 Blairstown, NJ 5,791 17 448
28 Matawan, NJ 8,851 22 395
29 Demarest, NJ 5,051 19 415
30 Woolwich, NJ 12,675 23 386
31 Closter, NJ 8,674 23 391
32 Hillsdale, NJ 10,569 28 331
33 Bogota, NJ 8,397 11 559
34 Allendale, NJ 6,849 14 540
35 Hopewell, NJ 18,570 16 538
36 Dumont, NJ 18,010 16 527
37 Denville, NJ 16,759 17 483
38 Mahwah, NJ 26,588 15 564
39 Bergenfield, NJ 27,646 28 358
40 Randolph, NJ 25,877 19 490
41 Glen Rock, NJ 12,014 8 615
42 Lopatcong, NJ 8,281 12 603
43 Berkeley Heights, NJ 13,548 7 656
44 Leonia, NJ 9,224 21 509
45 Ringwood, NJ 12,427 24 482
46 Park Ridge, NJ 8,927 44 212
47 North Haledon, NJ 8,529 23 515
48 Dunellen, NJ 7,434 0 739
49 Tenafly, NJ 14,877 26 457
50 Waldwick, NJ 10,134 19 582
51 Madison, NJ 16,098 18 596
52 Fair Haven, NJ 6,010 16 665
53 Mount Arlington, NJ 5,324 18 601
54 Ridgefield, NJ 11,380 26 509
55 Chatham, NJ 8,954 33 480
56 Verona, NJ 13,523 22 606
57 Roseland, NJ 5,857 17 700
58 Emerson, NJ 7,716 25 570
59 Kinnelon, NJ 10,367 38 434
60 Pitman, NJ 8,830 22 622
61 Marlboro, NJ 40,764 24 596
62 Pequannock, NJ 15,425 19 693
63 Woodcliff Lake, NJ 5,925 50 354
64 East Greenwich, NJ 10,473 38 448
65 Rumson, NJ 6,886 29 551
66 Chester, NJ 7,940 50 390
67 Mount Olive, NJ 29,095 34 532
68 Independence, NJ 5,502 36 508
69 Middletown, NJ 65,919 25 661
70 Robbinsville, NJ 14,209 49 436
71 Wyckoff, NJ 17,242 28 603
72 Morris, NJ 22,555 35 580
73 Upper Saddle River, NJ 8,369 59 382
74 River Edge, NJ 11,671 42 505
75 Westfield, NJ 30,427 16 838
76 Englewood Cliffs, NJ 5,397 18 815
77 Branchburg, NJ 14,676 54 442
78 Plainsboro, NJ 23,621 38 592
79 Jefferson, NJ 21,418 70 373
80 Waterford, NJ 10,720 27 708
81 Midland Park, NJ 7,330 54 463
82 Middlesex Borough, NJ 13,923 35 653
83 Cranford, NJ 24,324 28 715
84 Bernardsville, NJ 7,802 25 781
85 Cedar Grove, NJ 12,603 23 793
86 Scotch Plains, NJ 24,144 37 633
87 Plumsted, NJ 8,511 82 340
88 Hillsborough, NJ 40,037 37 656
89 Jackson, NJ 56,563 22 836
90 Point Pleasant, NJ 18,502 21 853
91 Manchester, NJ 43,525 57 496
92 Linwood, NJ 6,950 0 1,237
93 Readington, NJ 15,893 50 585
94 West Caldwell, NJ 11,057 36 705
95 Ridgewood, NJ 25,617 27 800
96 Bloomingdale, NJ 8,290 72 434
97 Caldwell, NJ 7,933 75 415
98 Little Silver, NJ 5,901 33 762
99 Highland Park, NJ 14,346 6 1,247
100 Union Beach, NJ 5,476 36 730

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