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The Garden State boasts an excellent safety record, recording the 6th lowest property crime rate along with the 8th lowest violent crime rate in the United States. Unsurprisingly, dozens of individual New Jersey cities fared very well on our Safety Index, which factors in FBI crime statistics and law enforcement data to determine the safety of a given community. 

A whopping 206 New Jersey cities scored a 0.3 or higher on the Safety Index, more than any other state. What’s more, 116 cities scored a 0.6 or higher, indicating an extremely high level of safety and crime rates well below the national average. While you’d be hard pressed to find a particularly dangerous community in the state (outside of a handful of larger cities), let’s put the focus on New Jersey’s six safest cities, all scoring a 0.93 or higher on the Safety Index.

Ocean City is our pick for New Jersey’s safest city, scoring a sky high 1.35 on our Safety Index. The seaside resort community recorded just 12 violent crimes in 2017 for a low 1.13 per 1,000 inhabitants.

Weehawken Township also performed very well on the Safety Index, logging a 1.09 Safety index score on the strength of a violent crime rate under 1 per 1,000 inhabitants.

Not far behind is #3 Ventnor City. The city of just over 10K recorded an impressively low 0.58 violent crimes per 1,000 inhabitants, although its property crime rate is above the national average.

Ranking 4th is Wall Township, a steadily growing community in Monmouth County known for its coastline and many public parks. Wall Township recorded a 0.73 per 1,000 violent crime rate and an equally impressive 9.79 per 1,000 property crime rate.

Sharing the #5 spot are Tenafly and Florham Park, which each scored a 0.93 on the Safety Index. Both achieved violent crime rates below 1 per 1,000 and property crime rates below 10 per 1,000.

Safest Cities in New Jersey, 2019

RankCitySafety Index
1Ocean City1.35
2Weehawken Township1.09
3Ventnor City1.07
4Wall Township0.94
5Tenafly0.93
6Florham Park0.93
7Cranford Township0.91
8Roselle Park0.91
9Marlboro Township0.9
10Ridgefield0.89
11Franklin Lakes0.89
12Hasbrouck Heights0.89
13Fort Lee0.89
14Denville Township0.89
15East Hanover Township0.88
16New Milford0.87
17Clark Township0.86
18Pequannock Township0.86
19Robbinsville Township0.86
20Verona0.85
21Lincoln Park0.84
22Berkeley Heights Township0.84
23Westwood0.84
24Holmdel Township0.82
25West Caldwell Township0.82
26Chatham Township0.81
27Red Bank0.81
28Warren Township0.81
29Nutley Township0.81
30East Rutherford0.8
31Madison0.8
32Westfield0.79
33Springfield Township, Union County0.79
34Livingston Township0.79
35River Vale Township0.79
36Secaucus0.79
37Ramsey0.78
38Wanaque0.78
39Cedar Grove Township0.78
40Ridgefield Park0.78
41Waldwick0.78
42Mahwah Township0.77
43Hillsdale0.76
44Ringwood0.76
45Sparta Township0.75
46Edgewater0.74
47River Edge0.74
48Dumont0.74
49Branchburg Township0.73
50Bergenfield0.73
51Waterford Township0.72
52Morris Township0.72
53Princeton0.72
54Englewood0.71
55Somerville0.71
56Little Ferry0.71
57Roselle0.71
58Bloomfield0.71
59Summit0.71
60Jefferson Township0.7
61Middlesex Borough0.7
62Mount Olive Township0.7
63South Brunswick Township0.7
64Bayonne0.7
65Lyndhurst Township0.69
66Union Township0.69
67Plainsboro Township0.69
68South River0.69
69Hopewell Township0.68
70Rahway0.68
71Rockaway Township0.68
72Hazlet Township0.68
73Barnegat Township0.68
74Montville Township0.68
75Hanover Township0.68
76Manchester Township0.68
77Millburn Township0.68
78Woolwich Township0.67
79Washington Township, Morris County0.67
80Readington Township0.67
81Aberdeen Township0.67
82Glen Rock0.66
83Monroe Township, Middlesex County0.66
84Point Pleasant0.66
85Highland Park0.66
86Stafford Township0.66
87Paramus0.66
88Clinton Township0.66
89Little Egg Harbor Township0.66
90Tinton Falls0.65
91Palisades Park0.65
92Montclair0.65
93Teaneck Township0.65
94Parsippany-Troy Hills Township0.64
95Oakland0.64
96New Providence0.64
97Winslow Township0.64
98Berkeley Township0.63
99Scotch Plains Township0.63
100Ridgewood0.63
101Rutherford0.63
102Wayne Township0.63
103Metuchen0.63
104Hopatcong0.63
105Montgomery Township0.62
106Raritan Township0.61
107Bernards Township0.61
108Jackson Township0.6
109South Orange Village0.6
110Hammonton0.6
111Maplewood Township0.6
112Randolph Township0.6
113Sayreville0.6
114Roxbury Township0.6
115Fairview0.6
116East Brunswick Township0.6
117Kearny0.59
118Saddle Brook Township0.59
119Bridgewater Township0.59
120Morristown0.59
121Kinnelon0.59
122Vernon Township0.58
123South Plainfield0.58
124Brick Township0.57
125Atlantic City0.57
126Howell Township0.57
127Little Falls Township0.56
128Hackensack0.56
129West Windsor Township0.56
130Middle Township0.56
131Wallington0.55
132Pompton Lakes0.55
133Fair Lawn0.55
134North Arlington0.55
135Middletown Township0.55
136Carteret0.55
137Hillsborough Township0.55
138Bordentown Township0.54
139East Greenwich Township0.54
140Freehold Borough0.54
141Belleville0.53
142Somers Point0.53
143Bound Brook0.53
144Lower Township0.52
145West Milford Township0.52
146Edison Township0.52
147Totowa0.52
148Long Branch0.52
149Hawthorne0.52
150Manville0.52
151Florence Township0.51
152Hillside Township0.51
153West Deptford Township0.51
154Toms River Township0.51
155Glassboro0.51
156Cliffside Park0.51
157Franklin Township, Gloucester County0.51
158Medford Township0.51
159Ocean Township, Monmouth County0.51
160Harrison Township0.5
161Haddonfield0.5
162Woodbridge Township0.5
163Old Bridge Township0.5
164Wyckoff Township0.5
165Lacey Township0.5
166Evesham Township0.5
167Woodland Park0.49
168East Windsor Township0.49
169North Brunswick Township0.48
170Moorestown Township0.48
171Piscataway Township0.48
172Egg Harbor Township0.48
173Beachwood0.48
174Elmwood Park0.47
175Delran Township0.47
176Franklin Township, Somerset County0.47
177Eatontown0.45
178North Bergen Township0.45
179Manalapan Township0.44
180Union City0.43
181Guttenberg0.43
182Burlington Township0.42
183Linden0.41
184Lakewood Township0.41
185West New York0.4
186Mount Laurel Township0.4
187Ewing Township0.39
188Gloucester City0.39
189Gloucester Township0.39
190Monroe Township, Gloucester County0.38
191Bellmawr0.38
192Perth Amboy0.37
193Hoboken0.37
194Mantua Township0.36
195Lawrence Township, Mercer County0.35
196Freehold Township0.35
197Washington Township, Gloucester County0.35
198Dover0.34
199Hamilton Township, Mercer County0.33
200Galloway Township0.32
201Voorhees Township0.32
202West Orange0.32
203Phillipsburg0.31
204Cinnaminson Township0.31
205Pennsville Township0.3
206Garfield0.3
207Lodi0.29
208Jersey City0.27
209Clifton0.26
210Haddon Township0.26
211Hamilton Township, Atlantic County0.25
212Cherry Hill Township0.22
213Collingswood0.18
214Willingboro Township0.18
215Harrison0.16
216Lumberton Township0.14
217North Plainfield0.13
218Maple Shade Township0.11
219Pennsauken Township0.07
220Pine Hill0.01
221Pleasantville0.01
222Deptford Township-0.01
223East Orange-0.03
224Newark-0.04
225Passaic-0.12
226Neptune Township-0.23
227New Brunswick-0.24
228Plainfield-0.25
229Pemberton Township-0.25
230Paterson-0.26
231Orange City-0.32
232Irvington-0.36
233Lindenwold-0.46
234Vineland-0.49
235Elizabeth-0.72
236Millville-0.76
237Asbury Park-0.95
238Trenton-1
239Bridgeton-1.22

Methodology

We used the most recent FBI crime statistics to create state rankings. There were initially 7,430 cities in the data set. After filtering out the cities with populations of less than 10,000, 2,929 cities remained. We then calculated violent crime rates and property crime rates by dividing the crime numbers by the population to get rates per 1,000. We also calculated the ratio of law enforcement workers to per 1,000. These were weighted with -50% for the violent crime rate, -25% for the property crime rate, and +25% for the law enforcement rate. The resulting metric gave us a the safety index score. The higher this number more safe the city is.

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