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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:
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)
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".
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) More on New Hanover:
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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) More on Plumsted: