These Are The 10 Safest Cities In New Jersey

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

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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 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 346 places in New Jersey with a population of more than 5,000, we came up with this list as the safest places here:

  1. Old Tappan
  2. North Caldwell
  3. Chester Township
  4. Lebanon Township
  5. New Hanover Township
  6. River Vale Township
  7. Bedminster Township
  8. Cresskill
  9. Norwood
  10. Waldwick

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.

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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 (2014). 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
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For example, there were a total of 16 crimes committed in Old Tappan which had a reported population of 5,912. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.00271 which translates into a 1 in 370 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 346 places in New Jersey to rank.

We ranked each place for each criteria from 1 to 346 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 Old Tappan. The most dangerous? Wildwood, where residents had a 1 in 6 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.

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1. Old Tappan

Old Tappan - Safest Places In New Jersey
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,912
Property Crime Rank: 10
Violent Crime Rank: 6

2. North Caldwell

North Caldwell - Safest Places In New Jersey
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,665
Property Crime Rank: 13
Violent Crime Rank: 8

3. Chester Township

Chester Township - Safest Places In New Jersey
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,970
Property Crime Rank: 20
Violent Crime Rank: 9

4. Lebanon Township

Lebanon Township - Safest Places In New Jersey
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,492
Property Crime Rank: 26
Violent Crime Rank: 11

5. New Hanover Township

New Hanover Township - Safest Places In New Jersey
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,080
Property Crime Rank: 3
Violent Crime Rank: 66

6. River Vale Township

River Vale Township - Safest Places In New Jersey
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,992
Property Crime Rank: 7
Violent Crime Rank: 59

7. Bedminster Township

Bedminster Township - Safest Places In New Jersey
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,233
Property Crime Rank: 36
Violent Crime Rank: 13

8. Cresskill

Cresskill - Safest Places In New Jersey
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,759
Property Crime Rank: 41
Violent Crime Rank: 15

9. Norwood

Norwood - Safest Places In New Jersey
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,826
Property Crime Rank: 9
Violent Crime Rank: 79

10. Waldwick

Waldwick - Safest Places In New Jersey
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,893
Property Crime Rank: 19
Violent Crime Rank: 60

There You Have It

Looking at the data, you can tell that anything within a 15-minute drive of Old Tappan 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: Asbury Park
2nd Most Dangerous: Atlantic City
Most Dangerous: Wildwood

Detailed List Of The Safest Places To Live In New Jersey

CityRankPopulationProperty Crime RankViolent Crime Rank
Old Tappan15,912106
North Caldwell26,665138
Chester Township37,970209
Lebanon Township46,4922611
New Hanover Township58,080366
River Vale Township69,992759
Bedminster Township78,2333613
Cresskill88,7594115
Norwood95,826979
Waldwick109,8931960
Chatham Township1110,6982358
Mountainside126,8462271
Byram Township138,1172765
Washington Township149,2965917
Hillsdale1510,4872583
Clinton Township1613,2574555
Montvale178,0726418
Ridgefield1811,2774656
Long Hill Township198,8386519
Mendham Township205,9096920
Washington Township2118,7878135
New Milford2216,6505064
Tewksbury Township235,93015126
Branchburg Township2414,5813886
Wood-Ridge258,6293397
Woolwich Township2611,5234481
Wyckoff Township2717,0115862
Emerson287,61734109
Montgomery Township2922,5476257
Chesterfield Township307,77017141
Warren Township3116,02140103
Midland Park327,3189222
Andover Township336,16439122
Mahwah Township3426,50249110
Westwood3511,12921160
Monroe Township3642,3335799
Bergenfield3727,32632145
Verona3813,77153115
Fair Haven396,07018176
Bernards Township4026,9806893
Sparta Township4119,37329165
Woodcliff Lake425,86310725
Plainsboro Township4323,42366106
Bogota448,31871100
Cedar Grove Township4512,5018673
Tenafly4614,7739654
Dumont4717,84843159
River Edge4811,5738880
Hillsborough Township4939,52267124
Ringwood5012,37955147
West Caldwell Township5110,91148164
Glen Rock5211,91281104
Fanwood537,56712827
Plumsted Township548,54379130
Hasbrouck Heights5512,08352177
Holland Township565,21175139
Colts Neck Township5710,08487117
Spotswood588,45011963
Bernardsville597,77611867
Northfield608,62014030
Mount Arlington615,19084140
Readington Township6216,08113253
Manalapan Township6340,06389136
Hopewell Township6418,41670174
Leonia659,12198123
Marlboro Township6640,351102116
Ridgewood6725,48211398
Kinnelon6810,43674169
Bloomingdale697,77230245
Upper Saddle River708,36676168
Cranford Township7123,48812288
Randolph Township7226,055114111
Washington Township736,494112120
Hopatcong7414,724100149
Milltown757,03214270
Florence Township7612,40931271
Chatham779,058115125
Florham Park7811,86315175
Madison7916,380136102
Montville Township8021,901105163
Palisades Park8120,48273220
Rumson826,98090195
Park Ridge838,85428300
Englewood Cliffs845,37815282
Franklin Lakes8510,81694193
Denville Township8616,91797188
Manchester Township8743,39414896
South Brunswick Township8845,09615092
Morris Township8922,614109172
Roseland905,803103185
Blairstown Township915,84816478
Rockaway926,519139119
Allendale936,76099199
Springfield9417,10417561
Fort Lee9536,226116166
Clark Township9615,308149108
Raritan Township9722,068111178
Ocean Township988,72316394
Hawthorne9919,06217672
Lincoln Park10010,456108196
Middletown Township10166,223141132
Mount Olive Township10228,891126161
Linwood1037,06918769
Caldwell1047,882124181
Robbinsville Township10514,176125175
Little Silver1065,89518477
Lopatcong Township1078,056158134
Jefferson Township10821,573131182
Mendham1095,029153144
Closter1108,59893255
North Haledon1118,51342335
Medford Township11223,343123209
Summit11322,147133191
East Greenwich Township11410,359193114
North Hanover Township1157,66861339
Wanaque11611,246104272
Nutley Township11728,625156186
Boonton1188,449167167
Pequannock Township11915,671117260
Maywood1209,735165184
Parsippany-Troy Hills Township12154,025143221
Jamesburg1226,022110286
Westfield12331,017159203
Mansfield Township1248,568201128
Roxbury Township12523,64023776
Waterford Township12610,844129261
East Windsor Township12727,678170197
Little Ferry12810,86385344
Morris Plains1295,791157226
Pompton Lakes13011,176144253
Matawan1318,741146251
Oakland13213,02623895
Hazlet Township13320,19224284
Holmdel Township13416,699216131
Princeton13529,154166222
Little Falls Township13614,564173223
Roselle Park13713,596160254
Barrington1386,865192198
Livingston Township13929,694197190
Vernon Township14022,86126168
Jackson Township14156,347185215
Highland Park14214,478212171
Hardyston Township1438,056172238
Middlesex14413,876168249
Old Bridge Township14566,966230153
Wallington14611,610190225
Point Pleasant14718,547232152
West Milford Township14826,623177248
Scotch Plains Township14924,118179247
Bridgewater Township15045,083233156
Metuchen15113,823199214
Fair Lawn15233,174189240
Ramsey15314,783200219
Harrison Township15412,812218192
Barnegat Township15522,136162290
Pitman1568,941220194
Piscataway Township15759,089186259
Haddonfield15811,506257127
Wall Township15926,074254138
Union Beach1605,701259129
Ridgefield Park16112,990178279
West Windsor Township16228,697252150
Sayreville16344,915195252
Riverside Township1648,048135351
Howell Township16551,884210231
Cliffside Park16625,665154328
Woodland Park16712,395260146
Butler1687,636161324
Tinton Falls16917,98730074
Evesham Township17045,623214239
Independence Township1715,551181295
Rutherford17218,451263154
Beachwood17311,198229232
Stafford Township17427,028247206
Franklin Township17516,746295118
Edison Township176101,965206283
Green Brook Township1777,265243224
Oceanport1785,809191315
Hammonton17914,800198305
South River18016,315171343
Delran Township18116,825228262
Mullica Township1826,184258211
Edgewater18312,327279173
Aberdeen Township18418,215244243
Lyndhurst Township18521,550223284
Franklin Township18665,999266207
Hackettstown1879,576275204
Millburn Township18820,265301157
Hanover Township18914,352248264
North Arlington19015,711215316
Berkeley Township19141,957265227
Guttenberg19211,508155407
Rockaway Township19324,574311158
Lacey Township19428,100285208
East Brunswick Township19548,391267237
Mount Laurel Township19641,698280218
Hightstown1975,592222320
Washington1986,461205348
Teaneck Township19940,519225319
Haddon Heights2007,430245294
West Deptford Township20121,490314183
Rahway20228,673208371
North Bergen Township20362,817207374
Bordentown Township20411,438256301
South Plainfield20523,911287250
Eastampton Township2066,085284257
East Hanover Township20711,338306230
Raritan2087,931338180
Rochelle Park Township2095,983293263
Lakewood Township21093,749234367
Montclair21138,030273317
Little Egg Harbor Township21220,401297270
Glen Ridge2137,658369142
Carteret21424,264235380
Washington Township21548,100335210
Brick Township21675,995277312
Clayton2178,236340201
West New York21852,791203423
Wayne Township21955,197337217
Winslow Township22039,139246376
Mansfield Township2217,550375143
Freehold22212,042224406
Fairview22314,352250370
Newton2247,897289302
Bellmawr22511,548324246
North Plainfield22622,077269352
Bayonne22765,618240401
Wharton2286,636318273
South Orange22916,323281342
Lodi23024,648271362
Somerville23112,184276353
Stratford2326,943278349
Burlington Township23322,649315289
Dover23418,419264388
Hackensack23544,451268385
South Amboy2368,861292341
Saddle Brook Township23713,972356233
West Long Branch2388,615364228
Union Township23957,830294347
Elmwood Park24020,293299338
Woodbridge Township241100,969322306
Greenwich Township2425,583384189
Carlstadt2436,245296350
West Orange24446,861274396
Kenilworth2458,143326318
Berlin2467,614349277
Manasquan2475,721393187
Maplewood Township24824,689290373
Galloway Township24937,716317333
Monroe Township25036,933334322
Glassboro25119,082333337
Prospect Park2525,933330346
Clifton25385,822298395
Pennsville Township25413,052368285
Edgewater Park Township2558,836282421
Weehawken Township25613,579341332
Haledon2578,413348323
Margate City2586,339448121
Moorestown Township25920,651319377
North Brunswick Township26042,526354325
Lawrence Township26133,133358331
Harrison26215,686309411
Brigantine2639,396397267
Keyport2647,183313415
Carney'S Point Township2657,936370330
Morristown26618,575327404
Ewing Township26736,787343379
Bound Brook26810,504353359
Haddon Township26914,632381311
Roselle27021,564312425
Toms River Township27191,634406269
Union City27268,787307433
Jersey City273260,005291449
Lower Township27422,344362363
Lumberton Township27512,486385321
Egg Harbor Township27643,992347392
Manville27710,439394307
Maple Shade Township27819,024345397
Cherry Hill Township27972,058399299
Englewood28027,665332418
Passaic28171,228288451
Dunellen2827,388352393
Gloucester Township28364,322346405
Fairfield Township2847,531418281
Garfield28531,417361389
Collingswood28613,855380356
Hoboken28753,303342419
Kearny28841,964366390
Burlington2899,835325442
East Orange29064,758302455
Palmyra2917,353383365
Red Bank29212,211376384
Phillipsburg29314,586386368
Westampton Township2948,772374394
Keansburg2959,991365414
Perth Amboy29652,332336446
Cinnaminson Township29717,069390372
Pemberton Township29827,916351435
Ventnor City29910,625419326
Audubon3008,774446274
Bloomfield30147,715387387
Ocean Township30227,240405361
Berlin Township3035,370447282
Paramus30426,791453268
Totowa30510,947421340
Logan Township3066,016412357
Secaucus30718,890407383
Willingboro Township30831,944367438
Belleville30936,286382420
Ocean City31011,392450303
Pennsauken Township31135,878408403
Long Branch31230,302395429
Pleasantville31320,584360460
Somers Point31410,782422400
Linden31541,550401436
Hamilton Township31626,802442364
Watchung3175,878460327
Hillside Township31821,908398443
Plainfield31950,839388456
Pine Hill32010,583409437
Middle Township32118,883427410
Belmar3225,721433402
Eatontown32312,204444386
Trenton32484,324391467
Somerdale3255,298461358
Paterson326146,083402459
Mount Holly Township3279,299416447
Runnemede3288,442437412
Absecon3298,399428434
New Brunswick33056,193410457
Lindenwold33117,503423452
Deptford Township33230,639451408
Elizabeth333128,345417462
Paulsboro3346,016438430
Newark335279,110414466
Penns Grove3365,026424458
Vineland33761,115436441
Woodbury33810,071455428
Irvington33954,377429469
Orange34030,530432465
Bridgeton34125,243443464
Neptune Township34227,812456450
Millville34328,759465454
Asbury Park34415,789457471
Atlantic City34539,544462470
Wildwood3465,205471473

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