2015 Safest Cities in New Jersey

*To account for factors such as population fluctuation during the summer months, we have revised our methodology. Please see below.

Looking at crime statistics in a vacuum isn’t always the best way to determine how safe your town is. The analysts at ValuePenguin took a comprehensive look at crime statistics at over 350 cities and towns in New Jersey to determine which are the safest and least safe relative to each other. We factored in population and different types of crimes to arrive at this list. Check out where your city ranks:

Five Safest New Jersey Cities

Our five safest cities are all small towns, mostly located in northern New Jersey, with the exception of New Hanover Township. They all have exceptionally low rates of violent crime and relatively little property crime. The average adjusted crime score for our five safest cities is around 51 and the scores range by around 60 points (low crime scores are better than high crime scores - some cities scored as high as 3,000).

1. New Hanover Township, NJ

“New,

Of the 353 cities surveyed, New Hanover Township takes the top spot on our list with a crime score of 17. The city is located in Burlington County, in the central portion of the state. No violent crime was reported in the town for 2013. The city is included in the New Jersey Pinelands National Reserve, which is a swath of forest with a unique ecology that cannot legally be touched.

  • Population: 8,011
  • Crime Score: 17

2. Old Tappan, NJ

“Old

Old takes second place with a crime score of 48 – 93% better than an average New Jersey city. Along with Haworth and Harrington Park, it was originally part of Harrington Township. The city is home to four locations that have made it onto the National Register of Historic Places.

  • Population: 5,882
  • Crime Score: 48

3. Tewksbury Township, NJ

“Tewksbury

The Hunterdon County town ranks third, with a crime score of 77, beating the average New Jersey town by 88%. The city is in north-central New Jersey and is named after Tewksbury, England. The township is home to the oldest German Lutheran parish in New Jersey.

  • Population: 5,854
  • Adjusted Crime Score: 77

4. Chatham Township, NJ

“Chatham

Chatham Township has a crime score of 79, slightly behind Tewksbury. The township is located in Morris County, in the northern part of the state. Property values in Chatham Township far exceed the state average, as does the median income.

  • Population: 10,681
  • Adjusted Crime Score: 79

5. Park Ridge, NJ

“Park

Park Ridge takes fifth place on our list of the safest cities in New Jersey. The town is located in Bergen County, in the northern portion of the state. The city was also home to the Hertz rental car company headquarters until they announced a move to Florida in 2013.

  • Population: 8,948
  • Adjusted Crime Score: 82

New Jersey’s Safest Places by Population

In order to compare cities with similar population and crime dynamics, we broke out the cities by three population categories. We included the average crime scores by population breakdown for Big, Midsize, and Small cities and towns.

“Safest

Featured Large City (over 45,000) -Parsippany–Troy Hills Township

According to Money Magazine, Parsippany is the 17th-best place to live in the U.S. The city can now add another accolade to the list – it’s the safest large city in New Jersey. The city beat out Bridgewater Township and many others for the coveted spot. It has a crime score of 270, about 12 points lower than Bridgewater.

  • Population: 53,851
  • Crime Score: 270
  • Average Large City Crime Score: 869

Featured Mid Sized City (20,000-45,000) -Bernards Township

Located in Somerset County, Bernards Township is safest mid sized city in New Jersey. Phish heads will know Bernards Township as hometown to band member Page McConnell. The city has a crime score of 114.

  • Population: 26,880
  • Crime Score: 114
  • Average Midsized City Crime Score: 680

Featured Small City (under 20,000) -Byram Township

The “Township of Lakes” also happens to be the 6th safest small town in New Jersey, as well as the 6th safest town overall. It is located in Sussex County, in the northernmost tip of the state. The town is home to Waterloo Village, which exhibits historical artifacts from the town’s previous Native American inhabitants as well as historic grist mills and sawmills.

  • Population: 8,154
  • Crime Score: 84
  • Average Small City Crime Score: 659

Map of Safest Cities in New Jersey

Here is a map showing the 353 cities we looked at in NJ and how they fared in terms of safety. You'll see that many of the safest cities in the state are clustered in the northeastern suburbs. Hover over the dots to see the cities' names, ranks, and scores. You can even double click to zoom in.

Full List of New Jersey Cities

Below is a list of the 353 cities we included in our study on the safest cities in New Jersey. The towns are listed from safest to least safe with their corresponding " Adjusted Crime Score" highlighted. If you want to know how we arrived at these rankings, you can take a look at our methodology here.

Methodology

We sourced our data from 2013 FBI crime statistics by city, which provides the most recent data available. We excluded towns with populations less than 5,000 because many of these towns experience serious fluctuations in population during the summer months and have population sizes too small to fairly compare to larger cities on the list. We attempted to account for seasonal population statistics, as many of the shore cities listed have much larger summer populations. However, there is little data detailing this change in population, and the crime rates reported by the FBI are not broken out by month. The raw data report included violent crimes (murder/manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault) and property crimes (burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson) from all law enforcement agencies that participate in the FBI Uniform Crime Reporting program.

We standardized the data to reflect violent and property crimes per 100k, to account for population. We then aggregated a "crime score". In order to calculate this, we weighted violent crime at 90% and property crime at 10%; though property crime is far more prevalent, we figured that the violent crime data points are more relevant when calculating the relative safety of these cities. To account for the fact that smaller cities with slightly higher numbers of crime are penalized more severely, we applied a logarithm to the population and multiplied it by the “crime score” to arrive at an “adjusted crime score.” We then ranked the cities relative to each other based on their adjusted crime scores.

If you're looking for an alphabetical list of the cities in NJ and how they compare, here is a table:

Rank

CityPopulationVC per 100kPC per 100kAdjusted Crime Score

187

Aberdeen Twp18,1501051306479

298

Absecon8,38025131741,065

12

Allendale6,7120551105

21

Andover Twp6,27316526127

350

Asbury Park15,779167353364,281

351

Atlantic City39,482173562695,029

299

Audubon8,78811444951,088

141

Barnegat Twp21,54479933356

101

Barrington6,880441047276

258

Bayonne64,9502121275767

181

Beachwood11,110631692457

26

Bedminster Twp8,21312560131

311

Belleville36,22930923161,162

235

Bellmawr11,5541382112682

297

Belmar5,73513943421,052

67

Bergenfield27,12559387203

35

Berkeley Heights Twp13,4527662150

241

Berlin7,6231841981705

274

Berlin Twp5,449923836871

15

Bernards Twp26,8807446114

38

Bernardsville7,76426567155

40

Blairstown Twp5,83917685158

305

Bloomfield47,71028722931,141

46

Bloomingdale7,70626623166

79

Bogota8,29460615227

177

Boonton8,5011061306444

197

Bordentown Twp11,3571411312523

237

Bound Brook10,7911482076688

87

Branchburg Twp14,55127914242

228

Brick Twp75,3711181570642

347

Bridgeton25,280134546913,697

139

Bridgewater Twp45,009361195353

169

Brigantine9,411321828420

329

Burlington9,86560825851,609

218

Burlington Twp22,7501231648600

143

Butler7,611145552360

6

Byram Twp8,154042984

132

Caldwell7,876102838341

353

Camden76,903259253527,006

213

Carlstadt6,3881251957587

307

Carney's Point Twp8,02939923171,153

247

Carteret24,4842001503725

68

Cedar Grove Twp12,64832719206

42

Chatham9,10522615161

4

Chatham Twp10,681039379

303

Cherry Hill Twp71,14517330801,125

24

Chester Twp7,94013554130

20

Chesterfield Twp7,51827412126

239

Cinnaminson Twp16,6861262146692

98

Clark Twp15,02133999271

244

Clayton8,1881592223714

327

Clementon5,01339945081,498

230

Cliffside Park23,9912081096651

279

Clifton85,0222061789898

34

Clinton Twp13,01031446149

53

Closter8,54835597179

282

Collingswood13,8751872732915

84

Colts Neck Twp10,07530903234

71

Cranford Twp23,16517807210

182

Delran Twp16,862951323460

31

Demarest5,00120600144

61

Denville Twp16,82930654195

328

Deptford Twp30,49220048831,499

226

Dover18,3521531618638

73

Dumont17,71840649213

188

Dunellen7,461402118480

184

East Brunswick Twp48,073621415463

93

East Greenwich Twp10,21849861261

227

East Hanover Twp11,3501671648640

333

East Orange64,42562918701,810

190

East Rutherford9,010781820498

186

Eastampton Twp6,103981589468

306

Eatontown12,40521037001,143

200

Edgewater12,143991729535

264

Edgewater Park Twp8,8601812393793

212

Edison Twp101,3161211229581

290

Egg Harbor Twp43,7092432054983

341

Elizabeth127,06778628762,540

232

Elmwood Park20,0771491718659

7

Emerson7,814043585

304

Englewood27,78239215911,138

106

Englewood Cliffs5,358371194285

160

Evesham Twp45,798551197393

267

Ewing Twp36,4491921852817

50

Fair Haven6,07549477174

122

Fair Lawn33,01551963322

273

Fairfield Twp, Essex County7,5171463033843

194

Fairview14,3581461156514

128

Fanwood7,447811007335

133

Florence Twp12,397105734343

99

Florham Park11,91359806272

131

Fort Lee35,90078797341

57

Franklin Lakes10,74619735182

209

Franklin Twp, Gloucester County16,740722055570

229

Franklin Twp, Somerset County63,8291241568644

300

Freehold12,10838818501,091

231

Freehold Twp36,048832136657

284

Galloway Twp37,3042631654919

281

Garfield31,0352002256910

261

Glassboro19,0381582243783

206

Glen Ridge7,626922046557

52

Glen Rock11,8778800178

293

Gloucester City11,4532532628996

310

Gloucester Twp64,44029521741,161

162

Green Brook Twp7,240411699400

163

Greenwich Twp, Warren County5,582181989403

260

Guttenberg11,431315980774

289

Hackensack44,1802511928973

168

Hackettstown9,779821360418

179

Haddon Heights7,665262087451

245

Haddon Twp14,7321292281717

174

Haddonfield11,590691501431

208

Haledon8,6271281727566

309

Hamilton Twp, Atlantic County26,78815738261,160

292

Hamilton Twp, Mercer County88,9932122092991

120

Hammonton14,737541025315

136

Hanover Twp13,95179968348

150

Hardyston Twp8,049621329369

316

Harrison13,97545122111,299

100

Harrison Twp12,616241118273

59

Hasbrouck Heights11,98325693187

110

Hawthorne18,945211167290

112

Hazlet Twp20,193351045292

172

Highland Park14,420621505430

250

Hightstown5,5721792279729

36

Hillsborough Twp39,03718497151

45

Hillsdale10,40029558164

323

Hillside Twp21,68942026051,384

296

Hoboken52,77128818381,046

83

Holland Twp5,16401259234

145

Holmdel Twp16,657481273360

135

Hopatcong14,85794814347

90

Hopewell Twp17,30458693257

173

Howell Twp51,100801104430

117

Independence Twp5,604711017311

348

Irvington54,246150229733,905

157

Jackson Twp55,817591105389

144

Jamesburg5,985117852360

72

Jefferson Twp21,51628730212

338

Jersey City256,88664418832,078

272

Keansburg9,9812102314841

277

Kearny41,6771872131881

204

Kenilworth8,0691121797547

249

Keyport7,2282081909729

25

Kinnelon10,45210564131

205

Lacey Twp27,865681888556

189

Lakewood Twp92,6641001077492

270

Lawrence Twp, Mercer County33,1721422421835

23

Lebanon Twp6,43916544130

64

Leonia9,05566409199

129

Lincoln Park10,52286903336

317

Linden41,04130029631,306

336

Lindenwold17,86368329841,941

88

Linwood7,089141171250

220

Little Egg Harbor Twp20,4121271685610

149

Little Falls Twp14,504831007364

134

Little Ferry10,77484965346

147

Little Silver5,988671319363

158

Livingston Twp29,621511296392

233

Lodi24,4621471721668

222

Logan Twp6,0191162243622

325

Long Branch30,60240527511,435

32

Long Hill Twp8,79623546148

65

Lopatcong Twp8,08512915201

248

Lower Twp22,4671382105728

280

Lumberton Twp12,5161363212908

176

Lyndhurst Twp21,477791285433

55

Madison16,21625635180

103

Manalapan Twp39,31351763280

195

Manasquan5,860512287518

127

Manchester Twp43,013441039333

113

Mansfield Twp, Burlington County8,652351179294

236

Mansfield Twp, Warren County7,5511192463686

193

Mantua Twp15,097731782509

238

Manville10,412962564689

276

Maple Shade Twp19,2912182125875

259

Maplewood Twp24,2301692002773

255

Margate City6,319793260755

86

Marlboro Twp40,19025819240

104

Matawan8,745461018282

114

Maywood9,61362936298

130

Medford Twp23,285471125339

22

Mendham5,02920517129

16

Mendham Twp5,90817474118

138

Metuchen13,748441309352

314

Middle Twp18,86131331441,274

111

Middlesex13,787441015291

152

Middletown Twp66,24665954371

28

Midland Park7,26828468138

214

Millburn Twp20,177452344591

17

Milltown6,9720645124

345

Millville28,66188680843,579

262

Monroe Twp, Gloucester County36,7981332239785

54

Monroe Twp, Middlesex County41,35622585180

253

Montclair37,9621921504741

19

Montgomery Twp22,46713458126

37

Montvale8,00437450154

66

Montville Twp21,75723726202

234

Moorestown Twp20,7061162057669

109

Morris Plains5,773521074290

94

Morris Twp22,64049782265

324

Morristown18,55245325231,408

69

Mount Arlington5,32438770206

319

Mount Holly Twp9,31640830381,331

202

Mount Laurel Twp41,839671742542

116

Mount Olive Twp28,61156891311

41

Mountainside6,81515704160

148

Mullica Twp6,202811193364

339

Neptune Twp27,85662543802,223

335

New Brunswick56,54253629451,846

1

New Hanover Twp8,01108717

18

New Milford16,57712483125

80

New Providence12,46324899228

349

Newark278,246126432223,973

170

Newton7,812901357421

164

North Arlington15,597771263410

216

North Bergen Twp62,4361631022598

242

North Brunswick Twp41,4251092093709

29

North Caldwell6,40316593140

119

North Hanover Twp7,738103685314

275

North Plainfield22,0302411852872

81

Northfield8,647121076232

10

Norwood5,85517376100

146

Nutley Twp28,66070994362

39

Oakland12,92715619156

288

Ocean City11,4731053835970

287

Ocean Twp, Monmouth County27,1801842704967

70

Ocean Twp, Ocean County8,56512946207

201

Oceanport5,8331031937539

180

Old Bridge Twp66,528711251455

2

Old Tappan5,882025548

43

Oradell8,12625603161

343

Orange30,952121828143,093

118

Palisades Park20,06295598312

302

Palmyra7,41233727661,123

320

Paramus26,62812049381,332

5

Park Ridge8,9481131382

97

Parsippany-Troy Hills Twp53,85135824270

337

Passaic70,44572716181,978

344

Paterson145,082107228273,219

321

Paulsboro6,03444730991,347

308

Pemberton Twp27,94930824371,157

301

Penns Grove5,07535528371,117

318

Pennsauken Twp35,78829331521,319

252

Pennsville Twp13,183912738733

82

Pequannock Twp15,58039764233

326

Perth Amboy52,09346619981,461

285

Phillipsburg14,6192052586923

315

Pine Hill10,70443025601,295

161

Piscataway Twp58,25979941393

156

Pitman8,930781221380

340

Plainfield50,43384725462,390

332

Pleasantville20,90969320281,786

142

Plumsted Twp8,544140550357

166

Point Pleasant18,458871165415

126

Pompton Lakes11,163631075332

140

Princeton28,688591063356

257

Prospect Park5,9031862372763

246

Rahway27,9301791618718

154

Ramsey14,82694971380

51

Randolph Twp25,96915662177

178

Raritan7,352821578447

78

Raritan Twp21,84918865223

85

Readington Twp15,910131025239

251

Red Bank12,1741562169730

60

Ridgefield11,34035608188

89

Ridgefield Park12,92339882253

91

Ridgewood25,31532893259

74

Ringwood12,38340686215

13

River Edge11,5179460109

62

River Vale Twp9,88591172198

265

Riverside Twp8,0632981451807

108

Robbinsville Twp14,046431011289

102

Rochelle Park Twp5,597541001278

96

Rockaway6,50077723270

198

Rockaway Twp24,444451988525

56

Roseland5,91217812182

295

Roselle21,38830420761,042

95

Roselle Park13,59359765268

137

Roxbury Twp23,599301335350

58

Rumson7,02128698184

263

Runnemede8,4591542636789

171

Rutherford18,291491558426

191

Saddle Brook Twp14,152422021499

342

Salem5,175104360482,867

183

Sayreville44,174861211461

124

Scotch Plains Twp23,91479786329

254

Secaucus19,119942647748

330

Somerdale5,27626563311,623

294

Somers Point10,80625927851,032

210

Somerville12,1741231684570

224

South Amboy8,7531831577635

155

South Brunswick Twp44,575471211380

268

South Orange16,2972152007830

199

South Plainfield23,789801681525

211

South River16,1981731161572

63

Sparta Twp19,49421739198

75

Spotswood8,45947674216

159

Springfield17,238701224392

196

Stafford Twp27,063521877519

215

Stratford6,9821581661592

107

Summit21,97336997288

207

Teaneck Twp40,2451221344562

44

Tenafly14,69614660163

3

Tewksbury Twp5,854041077

203

Tinton Falls17,849342269547

283

Toms River Twp92,332802970916

291

Totowa10,9852092986984

346

Trenton84,439132927493,623

217

Union Beach6,198242984600

312

Union City68,25436215971,173

256

Union Twp57,3351601758762

33

Upper Saddle River8,32136433148

286

Ventnor City10,6041133687947

125

Vernon Twp23,443211314329

77

Verona13,42922879223

331

Vineland60,86334238381,654

223

Voorhees Twp29,2841061871631

9

Waldwick9,9361040399

151

Wall Twp26,051421294370

153

Wallington11,683771164378

121

Wanaque11,17372931319

47

Warren Twp15,84119631168

123

Washington6,408621139324

48

Washington Twp, Bergen County9,27122658169

225

Washington Twp, Gloucester County48,110482293637

11

Washington Twp, Morris County18,78211383102

49

Washington Twp, Warren County6,49331631173

322

Watchung5,84410364001,379

175

Waterford Twp10,747130968431

221

Wayne Twp54,917532136619

243

Weehawken Twp12,9371622010714

105

West Caldwell Twp10,87855910284

192

West Deptford Twp21,497332033504

219

West Long Branch8,660922229602

167

West Milford Twp26,095921062417

278

West New York52,102309994890

240

West Orange46,7941691464697

185

West Windsor Twp28,557601544463

269

Westampton Twp8,7961932490834

92

Westfield30,77039806260

27

Westwood11,05618516137

165

Wharton6,593911350414

352

Wildwood5,2281721128355,267

313

Willingboro Twp31,91437321561,241

271

Winslow Twp39,2122371528841

266

Woodbridge Twp100,5681342030810

334

Woodbury10,07344750331,812

76

Woodcliff Lake5,86434870222

115

Woodland Park12,636241250300

30

Wood-Ridge8,63212626144

14

Woolwich Twp11,1679475112

8

Wyckoff Twp16,949046699

[Source: FBI Crime Statistics 2013]

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