These Are The 10 Safest Cities In New Jersey For 2019

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

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When you first think of New Jersey, Newark may come to mind. This city is best known as an airport hub... and not the safest city in the state.

Poor Jersey, a state that gets a bad rep in general. Other than it's proximity to New York City, Hoboken, and the famous Jersey Shore, what else does it have going for it?

The Taylor Ham Pork roll of course-- and a lot of crops. They grow so many crops, it's no wonder New Jersey is also referred to as the "Garden State."

Folks living in New Jersey also have excellent accesses to top educations. Princeton and Rutgers are two major institutions in NJ. And when you've got exams coming up, you don't even have to waste time while you pump your gas, because there are no self-serve gas stations in New Jersey. Who wouldn't like a few extra minutes a day in the car to review some flash cards.... or scroll down your social media feeds.

And it's not just the college students who get great educations, but also the K-12 group. According to U.S. News, New Jersey ranks #2 in education overall, with K-12 education ranking #3 in the U.S.

Jersey's also got a booming economy. Ever heard of Johnson & Johnson, the baby company? Yeah, their headquarters are in New Jersey. The same goes for Prudential Financial and Merck.

So if you love corn, college, and babies, would a bad crime rep really make you think twice about New Jersey? Turns out, Jersey has actually fooled us all. U.S. News ranked Jersey #3 in the U.S. for safety. Interested in Jersey yet? At Home Snacks, we ranked the top cities in Jersey for safety and came out with this top 10 ranking for safest cities in New Jersey in 2019:

  1. New Hanover (Homes)
  2. Plumsted (Homes)
  3. Old Tappan (Photos | Homes)
  4. Northvale (Photos | Homes)
  5. Chesterfield (Homes)
  6. Matawan (Photos | Homes)
  7. Tewksbury (Homes)
  8. River Vale (Homes)
  9. Hillsdale (Photos | Homes)
  10. Park Ridge (Photos | Homes)

Using the latest FBI crime data, New Hanover ranked #1 on our top 10 safest cities in New Jersey for 2019.

Read on to see if your city ranked in our top 10 and to learn more about how we got our ranking.

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 2018) 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 4 crimes committed in New Hanover which had a reported population of 8,264. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0005 which translates into a 1 in 2,066 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 2017. This left us with a total of 333 of the biggest cities in New Jersey to rank.

We ranked each city for each criteria from 1 to 333 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 New Hanover. The most dangerous city in New Jersey? Wildwood, where residents had a 1 in 9 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. New Hanover

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Population: 8,264
Rank Last Year: 20 (Up 19)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (10th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 48 (1st safest)
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2. Plumsted

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Population: 8,604
Rank Last Year: 84 (Up 82)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (10th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 197 (3rd safest)
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Old Tappan, NJ
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9.5
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Population: 6,069
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 10)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (10th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 230 (8th safest)
More on Old Tappan: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Northvale, NJ
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Population: 5,003
Rank Last Year: -
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (10th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 259 (11th safest)
More on Northvale: PhotosReal Estate | Data

5. Chesterfield

Source: Public Domain
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Population: 7,451
Rank Last Year: 26 (Up 21)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (10th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 281 (13th safest)
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Matawan, NJ
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9.5
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Population: 8,838
Rank Last Year: 24 (Up 18)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (10th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 316 (18th safest)
More on Matawan: PhotosReal Estate | Data

7. Tewksbury

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Population: 5,809
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 8)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (10th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 327 (20th safest)
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8. River Vale

River Vale, NJ
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Population: 10,270
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 6)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 9 (28th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 146 (2nd safest)
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Hillsdale, NJ
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Population: 10,602
Rank Last Year: 30 (Up 21)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (10th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 330 (21st safest)
More on Hillsdale: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Park Ridge, NJ
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Population: 8,977
Rank Last Year: 45 (Up 35)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 11 (31st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 200 (4th safest)
More on Park Ridge: PhotosReal Estate | Data

There You Have It - The Safest Cities In The Garden State

Looking at the data, you can tell that New Hanover 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. Atlantic City
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List Of Safest Cities In New Jersey For 2019

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per 100k Property Crimes Per 100k
1 New Hanover, NJ 8,264 0 48
2 Plumsted, NJ 8,604 0 197
3 Old Tappan, NJ 6,069 0 230
4 Northvale, NJ 5,003 0 259
5 Chesterfield, NJ 7,451 0 281
6 Matawan, NJ 8,838 0 316
7 Tewksbury, NJ 5,809 0 327
8 River Vale, NJ 10,270 9 146
9 Hillsdale, NJ 10,602 0 330
10 Park Ridge, NJ 8,977 11 200
11 Norwood, NJ 5,904 0 406
12 Fair Haven, NJ 5,953 0 419
13 Bergenfield, NJ 27,891 7 369
14 Bedminster, NJ 8,285 12 289
15 New Providence, NJ 12,904 0 449
16 Bernards, NJ 27,219 3 429
17 Montvale, NJ 8,653 11 335
18 Closter, NJ 8,788 0 489
19 Tenafly, NJ 14,960 6 434
20 Warren, NJ 16,264 18 258
21 Demarest, NJ 5,034 19 278
22 Long Hill, NJ 8,784 11 443
23 New Milford, NJ 16,894 11 443
24 Upper Saddle River, NJ 8,385 23 214
25 Denville, NJ 16,811 5 517
26 North Haledon, NJ 8,537 11 456
27 Chester, NJ 7,961 0 565
28 Woodcliff Lake, NJ 5,942 16 403
29 Mendham, NJ 5,006 19 339
30 Morris, NJ 22,701 13 449
31 Rumson, NJ 6,783 0 589
32 Little Silver, NJ 5,881 0 595
33 Ringwood, NJ 12,470 24 296
34 Branchburg, NJ 14,822 20 398
35 Randolph, NJ 25,950 15 450
36 Andover, NJ 5,962 16 436
37 Oradell, NJ 8,291 24 313
38 Blairstown, NJ 5,767 0 606
39 Clinton, NJ 12,748 7 556
40 North Caldwell, NJ 6,782 29 221
41 Readington, NJ 15,834 12 498
42 Englewood Cliffs, NJ 5,442 0 624
43 Robbinsville, NJ 14,446 6 574
44 Emerson, NJ 7,747 25 322
45 Hasbrouck Heights, NJ 12,286 16 496
46 Lebanon, NJ 6,053 16 495
47 Pequannock, NJ 15,472 6 620
48 Madison, NJ 16,175 24 408
49 Bogota, NJ 8,595 11 593
50 Fanwood, NJ 7,796 25 423
51 Cresskill, NJ 8,848 33 305
52 Montgomery, NJ 23,706 25 434
53 Allendale, NJ 6,938 0 735
54 Dumont, NJ 18,018 22 488
55 Bernardsville, NJ 7,876 12 584
56 Jefferson, NJ 21,505 27 432
57 Franklin Lakes, NJ 10,939 9 649
58 River Edge, NJ 11,744 17 536
59 Chatham, NJ 9,011 22 510
60 Berkeley Heights, NJ 13,654 21 534
61 Manchester, NJ 43,916 25 510
62 Bloomingdale, NJ 8,295 24 530
63 Marlboro, NJ 40,370 17 604
64 Leonia, NJ 9,273 32 452
65 Montville, NJ 21,818 13 669
66 North Hanover, NJ 7,562 39 383
67 Cranford, NJ 24,442 12 715
68 Hackettstown, NJ 9,520 31 493
69 Spotswood, NJ 8,492 11 753
70 Ridgefield, NJ 11,457 17 637
71 Sparta, NJ 18,807 47 350
72 Woolwich, NJ 12,798 31 515
73 Kinnelon, NJ 10,275 48 340
74 Mountainside, NJ 6,943 14 734
75 Verona, NJ 13,584 29 559
76 Holland, NJ 5,113 58 234
77 Westfield, NJ 30,301 9 844
78 Hillsborough, NJ 40,369 22 631
79 Mount Olive, NJ 29,410 30 564
80 Plainsboro, NJ 23,569 33 534
81 Mahwah, NJ 26,753 33 545
82 Northfield, NJ 8,376 0 967
83 Hardyston, NJ 7,884 12 786
84 Glen Rock, NJ 12,051 16 771
85 Princeton, NJ 31,845 21 719
86 Ridgewood, NJ 25,729 23 680
87 Hopewell, NJ 18,633 37 531
88 Waldwick, NJ 10,137 29 631
89 Manalapan, NJ 40,177 32 619
90 Pitman, NJ 8,886 22 753
91 South Amboy, NJ 8,839 11 950
92 Waterford, NJ 10,817 27 730
93 Independence, NJ 5,482 54 474
94 Barnegat, NJ 22,652 35 631
95 Mount Arlington, NJ 5,551 18 882
96 Cedar Grove, NJ 12,674 31 741
97 Colts Neck, NJ 9,936 60 503
98 Wyckoff, NJ 17,373 46 615
99 Lincoln Park, NJ 10,466 38 687
100 Hawthorne, NJ 19,041 10 1,192

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