Safest Cities List in New Jersey

  • Population
    8,886,025
  • Avg Annual Rent
    $17,201
  • Avg Household Income
    $87,247
  • Cost of Living
    22.20%
  • Violent Crime Rate
    12.2
  • Property Crime Rate
    207.8
  • Primary Care Ranking
    12
  • Mental Health Provider
    30

New Jersey

With a population of nearly 9 million and a total land size of 7,417 square miles, New Jersey is the most densely populated state in the U.S. That doesn't mean New Jersey has no natural areas for its residents to enjoy. In fact, there are numerous state forests in the south-central area of the state, and Palisades Interstate Park boasts imposing cliffs not typically seen this side of the Mississippi. New Jersey's own towns sometimes seem overshadowed by their famous neighbors — which include New York City and Philadelphia — but Newark, Trenton, Atlantic City, Ocean City and Edison are among the state's most well-known cities. Find out if any made it to our list of the safest cities in New Jersey.  

How We Determined the Safest Cities in New Jersey

We narrowed down the safest cities in each state based on two primary categories. First, we evaluated public safety factors including violent, property and hate crimes in each area to help determine the safest areas to live. We then evaluated financial and socioeconomic factors including household income, average rent and health insurance. In addition, we evaluated each state for natural disaster safety and public health safety. You can find a detailed breakdown of our methodology and links to sources here.

Here are the public safety factors we counted for each city:

*Public safety data is based on a population of 10,000 (for example, a “2” means two incidents for every 10,000 people).

  • Property crime – Number of property crimes reported in the city (FBI Crime Report)
  • Violent crime – Number of violent crimes reported in the city (FBI Crime Report)
  • Aggravated assaults – Number of aggravated assaults reported in the city (FBI Crime Report)
  • Hate crime – Number of hate crimes reported in the city (FBI Hate Crime Report)
  • Officer-related incidents – Number of officer-involved shootings reported in the city (Gun Violence Archive)
  • Mass shootings – Incidents in which four or more people are shot/killed in the city (Gun Violence Archive)

Here are the financial safety factors we counted for each city:

  • Annual rent – Annualized median rent
  • Unemployment rate – The average rate of unemployed residents in each city
  • Cost of living – The average annual rent and household income per city
  • Poverty rate – Percentage of families that reported experiencing poverty in the last 12 months
  • Uninsured employed – Percentage of employed residents that reported not having health insurance
  • Uninsured unemployed – Percentage of unemployed residents that reported not having health insurance

10 Safest Cities in New Jersey

  • No. 1 Paramus

    Paramus is approximately 20 miles from Midtown Manhattan. It’s close to the Bergen County Zoo, Paramus is one of the largest shopping areas with a mix of popular retail stores and local businesses. This city is also home to Van Saun County Park, s a 146-acre park with wild life, a playground and train rides.

    94out of 100

    Public Safety

    88out of 100

    Financial Safety

    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeSociety CrimesProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    5.608735 (6th)3.365241 (3rd)398.968 (10th)0.747831 (3rd)0.747831 (3rd)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    23844 (2nd)117087 (4th)0.043 (5th)0.012 (10th)0.024 (7th)0.196 (9th)
  • No. 2 Emerson

    Once called Etna, the borough of Emerson was renamed after the author Ralph Waldo Emerson. The town lies north of the Oradell Reservoir and features a large park called Emerson Woods.

    87out of 100

    Public Safety

    92out of 100

    Financial Safety

    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeSociety CrimesProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    0 (1st)2.604506 (2nd)46.8811 (1st)1.302253 (6th)1.302253 (6th)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    22752 (3rd)123808 (3rd)0.034 (9th)0.032 (7th)0.079 (1st)0.295 (5th)
  • No. 3 Glen Ridge

    Glen Ridge is one of New York’s suburbs that has a number of parks and attractions. It’s near the Thomas Edison National Historical Park and the Edison laboratories where the motion picture camera and silent and sound movies were created.  

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    Public Safety

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    Financial Safety

    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeSociety CrimesProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    1.311992 (2nd)0 (1st)207.2947 (5th)1.311992 (7th)1.311992 (7th)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    19524 (6th)213801 (1st)0.037 (8th)0.029 (8th)0.015 (9th)0.221 (7th)
  • No. 4 Hoboken

    Hoboken located across the Hudson River from Lower Manhattan — nearly retains the original name given to it by the Lenni Lenape tribe: ”Hopoghan Hackingh.” The residents of Hoboken are not the wealthiest on our list (although they do earn an impressive $136,402 per household on average each year), but they pay the highest rent, which averages $26,772 annually.

    87out of 100

    Public Safety

    73out of 100

    Financial Safety

    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeSociety CrimesProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    4.900537 (5th)16.69813 (8th)156.4542 (4th)1.27051 (5th)1.27051 (5th)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    26772 (1st)136402 (2nd)0.034 (9th)0.064 (6th)0.007 (10th)0.22 (8th)
  • No. 5 New Brunswick

    New Brunswick is home to Rutgers University, the state university of New Jersey. The Johnson & Johnson company was also founded in New Brunswick and still maintains its worldwide headquarters in the city. Despite a low hate crime index and low cost of living, our data shows that New Brunswick has a relatively high poverty rate.

    88out of 100

    Public Safety

    71out of 100

    Financial Safety

    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeSociety CrimesProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    30.75455 (9th)23.86129 (9th)213.8678 (6th)0.17675 (1st)0.17675 (1st)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    17340 (8th)42185 (8th)0.076 (2nd)0.277 (2nd)0.027 (5th)0.48 (1st)
  • No. 6 Bridgeton

    New Jersey’s first animal park, the Cohanzick Zoo, can be found in Bridgeton, NJ. The city is near Cohansey River and Delaware Bay. Bridgeton has two museums that are open year round including the George Woodruff Indian Museum and the Hall of Fame All Sports Museum for fanatics of any sport. 

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    Public Safety

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    Financial Safety

    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeSociety CrimesProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    50.84885 (10th)32.39564 (10th)295.2514 (8th)3.690642 (10th)3.690642 (10th)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    12756 (9th)35023 (10th)0.072 (4th)0.319 (1st)0.039 (3rd)0.394 (3rd)
  • No. 7 Northfield

    Northfield is known as the ‘Gateway to the Shore.’ It’s an Atlantic County suburb near Lakes Bay, Great Egg Harbor Bay and Absecon Bay for quick access to the beach and boating. Birch Grove Park is also nearby for a 271 acre land surrounded by water for plenty of outdoor activities. 

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    Public Safety

    59out of 100

    Financial Safety

    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeSociety CrimesProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    2.402691 (4th)7.208073 (5th)93.70495 (3rd)1.201346 (4th)1.201346 (4th)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    20436 (5th)78191 (6th)0.078 (1st)0.081 (5th)0.042 (2nd)0.194 (10th)
  • No. 8 Paulsboro

    Paulsboro is located in Gloucester County and has a few top sights to see for visitors and residents. Take a look at the Tinicum Rear Range Lighthouse next to the Port of Paulsboro and in the middle of a sports field area. Or visit the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum to see over 1,000 acres of land that stretches between Philadelphia and Delaware. 

    85out of 100

    Public Safety

    70out of 100

    Financial Safety

    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeSociety CrimesProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    17.20578 (8th)10.32347 (7th)337.2333 (9th)1.720578 (9th)1.720578 (9th)6.882312 (10th)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    12468 (10th)41825 (9th)0.076 (2nd)0.221 (3rd)0.029 (4th)0.257 (6th)
  • No. 9 Fort Lee

    Before there was Hollywood, there was Fort Lee, ”the Birthplace of American Cinema.” Fort Lee is the last New Jersey city you’ll encounter before crossing the George Washington Bridge into New York City, and it has a relatively high cost of living to go along with its location.

    86out of 100

    Public Safety

    66out of 100

    Financial Safety

    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeSociety CrimesProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    2.385433 (3rd)3.445625 (4th)71.82804 (2nd)1.325241 (8th)1.325241 (8th)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    21600 (4th)78093 (7th)0.041 (7th)0.095 (4th)0.018 (8th)0.476 (2th)
  • No. 10 Secaucus

    Secaucus is just a short Lincoln Tunnel drive to Time’s Square and downtown Manhattan, which may make this New Jersey town’s low cost of living a bit of a surprise. However, the average household income in Secaucus is over $100,000 per year, while rent remains reasonable compared to other areas of the state.

    66out of 100

    Public Safety

    88out of 100

    Financial Safety

    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeSociety CrimesProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    6.83527 (7th)7.811737 (6th)256.8109 (7th)0.488234 (2nd)0.488234 (2nd)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    19164 (7th)101184 (5th)0.043 (5th)0.023 (9th)0.026 (6th)0.354 (4th)

New Jersey State Safety

Natural Disaster Safety

New Jersey’s coastal location plays a significant role in its ranking as the state 12th most likely to experience a natural disaster. The state is susceptible to severe weather, high winds, flooding and severe winter weather conditions. Tropical storms or hurricanes are rare, but they do happen. The worst to date was Hurricane Sandy (also called Superstorm Sandy), which inflicted around $30 billion in damage to New Jersey in 2012. Only one earthquake has been recorded in New Jersey, and of the few tornadoes that have ripped through the state, none were stronger than an F-3.

12out of 50

Natural Disaster

Health Safety

America’s Health Rankings’ 2019 report names New Jersey the 8th-healthiest state in the U.S. New Jersey experiences relatively low rates of smoking, violent crime and children in poverty. Oddly enough, the AHR report cites physical inactivity as New Jersey’s most pressing health concern, despite the state having one of the lowest rates of obesity in the nation. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, New Jersey also experiences some of the lowest rates of diabetes, teen births and chronic lower respiratory disease in the U.S. However, New Jersey ranks fifth for septicemia deaths and also experiences drug overdose deaths at a rate far higher than the national average (30 per 100,000 in New Jersey vs. 21.7 throughout the U.S.).

11out of 50

Health Safety

Top 24 Safest Cities in New Jersey

Paramus26,744221
Emerson7,679712
Glen Ridge7,622143
Hoboken55,096694
New Brunswick56,5775105
Bridgeton24,3861256
Northfield8,3242217
Paulsboro5,81210128
Fort Lee37,7298159
Secaucus20,48223310
Hackensack44,92620611
Mountainside6,92517712
Freehold34,896161113
Haddonfield11,253111914
Lodi24,720141815
Dumont17,82542716
Washington47,024151317
Hillsdale10,48421818
East Orange64,625182019
Pitman8,696251420
Elizabeth129,08093821
Oradell8,243192622
Totowa10,666133623
Beverly2,497242424