New Jersey’s 50 Safest Cities of 2022

The SafeWise Team is pleased to release the eighth annual Safest Cities report.

Here are the 10 Safest Cities in New Jersey for 2022

See if your city made the full list.

New Jersey boasts some of the lowest crime rates in the country, but New Jersey residents express the sixth-highest level of concern about their safety. This report highlights the cities in the state that report the fewest crimes, and explores the contradiction in New Jersey’s perception of safety versus how safe the state really is. 

In this report

2022 New Jersey crime rates

New Jersey's violent crime rate dropped nearly 6% compared to last year—reporting 2.0 incidents per 1,000 people. The state also saw fewer property crimes with the property crime rate falling 13% from 13.3 per 1,000 people to 11.6.

In the Mid-Atlantic region, New Jersey bested the violent-crime regional average, with the lowest rate ahead of New York (3.6). It also beat New York  (14.1) for the lowest property crime rate in the region.

This is the second consecutive year that New Jersey was among states with the fifth-lowest rate in the nation for violent crime. The Garden state is the fourth-lowest in the nation when it comes to property crime.

Bar chart of violent and property crime rates per 1,000 people where the national average is 4.0 violent crimes per 1,000 people and 19.6 property crimes per 1,000 people.

Image: SafeWise

Level of concern and experience with crime in New Jersey

Compared to last year’s State of Safety report, New Jerseyites were 1.3 times more likely to worry about their safety on a daily basis. This jump in levels of concern puts New Jersey above the national average for the first time in two years. By comparison, less than half of Americans (47%) reported similar levels of concern.

Survey participants also reported a twofold increase in personal experiences with violent crime while experiences with gun violence were 1.8 times more common. Experiences with property crime went down compared to our last survey but didn't reach the low level from two years ago when only 5% said they had an experience with property crime.

Despite less personal experience with property crime, New Jersey respondents named property crime the crime issue they feel is most likely to happen to them—54% told us it’s their top crime worry, compared to 42% across the US. New Jersey also reported higher-than-average concern and experience with package theft.

Pictogram showing the percentage of state residents that are concerned about their safety on a daily basis, as well as which type of crime they are concerned about the most, and which crimes they have experienced within the past 12 months. Crimes include violent crime, property crime, package theft and gun violence.

Image: SafeWise. Past 12 months=12 months prior to survey.

Crime concerns in New Jersey

We asked New Jersey residents which crimes they worry may happen to them. See if New Jersey residents are concerned about the same crime issues as the rest of the country.

Bar chart showing percentages of how concerned state residents are about crime compared to the national averages for violent crime, property crime, package theft and gun violence.

Image: SafeWise

View the complete 2022 State of Safety report.

Violent crime in New Jersey: Fear vs. reality

Just over half of New Jersey residents feel safe in their home state, which is close to how most Americans feel. 

Despite a small decrease in violent crimes reported to law enforcement, respondents told us they personally experienced more violent crime compared to last year. People in New Jersey were also more likely than average to say the COVID-19 pandemic has affected their personal safety.

  • 52% of people in New Jersey reported feeling safe in their state compared to 55% of Americans.
  • Twice as many people in New Jersey (12%) reported having a personal experience with violent crime in the 12 months prior to the survey—up from 6% the previous year.
  • Robbery is the most-reported violent crime, making up 25% of all violent crime in The Garden State (US 19%).
  • 35% of survey participants report using some form of personal protection—slightly higher than the US average (34%). 
  • Pepper spray is the most common form of personal protection used. Keychain weapons are the second most popular type of self-defense device, which is unusual compared to other states.
  • 55% of New Jerseyites say their personal safety has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic compared to 44% of Americans—only 3 states reported higher numbers.

Attitudes about gun violence in New Jersey

  • 67% of New Jersey residents named gun violence as a top safety concern—well above the US average of 53%.
  • 9% of survey participants reported experiencing gun violence in the 12 months prior to the survey, a near-doubling from 5% last year.
  • There was a 17% increase in mass shooting incidents year over year. New Jersey recorded 14 incidents in 2021, compared to 12 the year before.
  • Firearms are the fourth most common form of property protection used (after security systems, security cameras, and guard animals), although the number of respondents using them increased by 63% year over year (from 8% to 13%). 
  • Use of concealed carry firearms for self defense also rose from 3% to 9% year over year.
Line graph of violent and property crime rates over the past three years in the state compared to national crime rates per 1,000 residents for violent crime, property crime, package theft and gun violence.

Image: SafeWise

Property crime in New Jersey: Fear vs. reality

People in New Jersey reported less personal experience with property crime, which matches a similar decline in the state's property crime rate. Residents were more likely than average to use a security system or to say their property was affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Fewer New Jerseyans (13%) reported personal experiences with property crime this reporting year compared to the previous year (15%).
  • Burglary accounts for 13% of all property crimes in The Garden State (the 50 safest cities average 12%), which is lower than the national rate of 16%.
  • 21% of participants reported experiencing package theft, putting New Jersey just above the US average of 20%.
  • 55% of people in New Jersey use some form of property protection, compared to 60% nationwide.
  • The top form of property protection in New Jersey was security systems with 31% of survey respondents using them. This is higher than the national average of 25%.
  • 40% of respondents say the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the security of their property—11 points higher than the US average of 29%.

Image: SafeWise

A closer look at the safest cities in New Jersey

For the purposes of this report, the terms “dangerous” and “safest” refer explicitly to crime rates as calculated from FBI crime data—no other characterization of any community is implied or intended.

  • 244 cities met criteria to be considered for ranking. 
  • Sparta Township rose 1 spot to claim the title of Safest City in New Jersey.
  • Hasbrouck Heights (number 3) jumped a whopping 43 spots, but 2 other cities had even more dramatic jumps: Florence Township (number 44) rose 52 and Cranford Township (number 35) rose 50 spots.
  • Only 10 of the safest cities reported violent crime numbers in the double-digits, with none reporting more than 27.
  • 7 of the safest cities reported 0 violent crimes, and 47 reported 0 murders.
  • 48 cities (96%) reported fewer than 1 violent crime per 1,000 people.
  • No city reported more than 5.5 property crimes per 1,000—that’s less than half the state rate.
  • Sparta Township (number 1) reported only 22 total crimes, with 18 of those being property crimes. 
  • The average median household income among the safest cities is $124,565—nearly double the national median household income of $67,521. New Jersey’s median household income is $85,239.
Map of state with markers and labels highlighting the cities with the lowest crime rates.

Image: SafeWise

The 50 safest cities in New Jersey

Sparta Township, New Jersey
#1
Sparta Township
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    18,467
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $138,061
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    0.2, 0.2, 0.3
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    1.0, 1.7, 2.9
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Ringwood, New Jersey
#2
Ringwood
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+20
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    12,177
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $125,476
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    0.2, 0.4, 0.5
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    2.1, 3.5, 3.9
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey
#3
Hasbrouck Heights
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+43
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    11,988
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $94,801
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    0.0, 0.2, 0.1
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    2.4, 5.2, 4.2
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
River Vale Township, Ney Jersey
#4
River Vale Township
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-3
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    10,007
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $153,161
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    0.0, 0.0, 0.1
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    2.5, 2.0, 2.4
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Berkeley Heights Township, New Jersey
#5
Berkeley Heights Township
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+25
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    13,371
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $183,056
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    0.0, 0.3, 0.3
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    2.5, 4.3, 4.4
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Monroe Township-Middlesex County, New Jersey
#6
Monroe Township, Middlesex County
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+3
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    45,653
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $90,451
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    0.2, 0.4, 0.1
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    2.5, 2.6, 3.5
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Wanaque, New Jersey
#7
Wanaque
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+3
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    11,828
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $95,023
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    0.4, 0.3, 0.9
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    2.1, 2.9, 5.9
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Bernards Township, New Jersey
#8
Bernards Township
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    27,130
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $151,871
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    0.0, 0.0, 0.1
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    3.0, 3.0, 3.2
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Jefferson Township, New Jersey
#9
Jefferson Township
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+15
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    20,626
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $106,892
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    0.4, 0.5, 0.2
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    2.5, 3.4, 4.0
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Robbinsville Township, New Jersey
#10
Robbinsville Township
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+1
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    14,628
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $155,107
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    0.1, 0.1, 0.1
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    3.1, 3.5, 4.0
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Denville Township, New Jersey
#11
Denville Township
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+16
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    16,400
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $125,655
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    0.1, 0.4, 0.1
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    3.4, 3.9, 5.4
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Woolwich Township, New Jersey
#12
Woolwich Township
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+9
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    13,278
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $141,875
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    0.1, 0.2, 0.0
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    3.5, 4.1, 4.0
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Warren Township, New Jersey
#13
Warren Township
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-7
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    15,689
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $170,264
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    0.1, 0.0, 0.2
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    3.6, 2.7, 3.3
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Hillsdale, New Jersey
#14
Hillsdale
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+12
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    10,308
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $146,080
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    0.0, 0.2, 0.3
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    3.8, 4.3, 3.9
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Clinton Township, New Jersey
#15
Clinton Township
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-8
Down
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    12,465
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $142,162
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    0.2, 0.2, 0.1
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    3.3, 2.6, 3.9
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Randolph Township, New Jersey
#16
Randolph Township
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+7
Up
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    25,311
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $142,459
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    0.0, 0.3, 0.1
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    3.7, 3.9, 5.0
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Dumont, New Jersey
#17
Dumont
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-3
Down
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    17,507
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $100,219
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    0.4, 0.3, 0.3
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    3.0, 3.1, 2.7
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Raritan Township, New Jersey
#18
Raritan Township
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-5
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    22,402
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $135,115
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    0.3, 0.4, 0.2
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    3.3, 2.9, 4.3
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Mahwah Township, New Jersey
#19
Mahwah Township
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+16
Up
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    26,201
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $107,081
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    0.2, 0.3, 0.1
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    3.5, 4.4, 3.7
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Roxbury Township, New Jersey
#20
Roxbury Township
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+5
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    22,439
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $113,957
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    0.1, 0.1, 0.0
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    3.8, 4.4, 5.5
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Bergenfield, New Jersey
#21
Bergenfield
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-4
Down
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    27,347
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $96,335
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    0.5, 0.5, 0.0
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    3.1, 2.7, 2.7
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Chatham Township, New Jersey
#22
Chatham Township
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-19
Down
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    10,071
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $189,297
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    0.0, 0.0, 0.0
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    4.2, 2.3, 3.2
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Vernon Township, New Jersey
#23
Vernon Township
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-7
Down
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    21,819
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $95,883
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    0.0, 0.1, 0.0
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    4.1, 3.7, 4.5
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Hopatcong, New Jersey
#24
Hopatcong
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-6
Down
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    14,086
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $89,400
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    1.1, 0.6, 0.4
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    2.0, 2.8, 3.0
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Glen Rock, New Jersey
#25
Glen Rock
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+4
Up
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    11,705
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $187,000
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    0.1, 0.0, 0.0
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    4.1, 5.1, 4.1
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
West Milford Township, New Jersey
#26
West Milford Township
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+24
Up
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    26,310
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $100,461
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    0.4, 0.5, 0.4
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    3.5, 4.8, 5.9
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Montgomery Township, New Jersey
#27
Montgomery Township
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+10
Up
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    23,268
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $195,807
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    0.4, 0.2, 0.3
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    3.6, 4.8, 4.1
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Mount Olive Township, New Jersey
#28
Mount Olive Township
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+6
Up
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    28,973
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $88,073
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    0.4, 0.5, 0.2
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    3.6, 3.9, 2.7
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
New Providence, New Jersey
#29
New Providence
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-24
Down
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    13,741
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $143,672
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    0.2, 0.0, 0.0
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    4.0, 2.6, 4.9
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Cliffside Park, New Jersey
#30
Cliffside Park
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+14
Up
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    26,400
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $72,633
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    0.6, 0.7, 0.6
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    3.3, 3.9, 6.0
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Jackson Township, NJ
#31
Jackson Township
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+41
Up
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    58,120
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $95,069
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    0.5, 0.4, 0.5
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    3.6, 6.8, 6.3
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Plainsboro Township, New Jersey
#32
Plainsboro Township
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+37
Up
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    22,847
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $113,131
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    0.4, 0.4, 0.4
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    3.9, 6.6, 5.1
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Pompton Lakes, NJ
#33
Pompton Lakes
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+32
Up
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    10,961
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $102,371
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    0.7, 0.7, 1.4
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    3.2, 5.3, 8.0
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Hopewell Township, New Jersey
#34
Hopewell Township
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-1
Down
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    17,641
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $136,231
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    0.2, 0.4, 0.4
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    4.3, 4.1, 4.2
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Cranford Township, New Jersey
#35
Cranford Township
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+50
Up
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    24,186
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $129,781
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    0.1, 0.2, 0.3
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    4.7, 8.3, 6.0
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Westwood, NJ
#36
Westwood
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+21
Up
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    11,079
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $110,473
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    0.0, 0.0, 1.0
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    5.1, 6.7, 5.1
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Pequannock Township, New Jersey
#37
Pequannock Township
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+11
Up
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    14,887
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $105,316
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    0.3, 0.5, 0.2
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    4.5, 4.9, 6.1
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Readington Township, New Jersey
#38
Readington Township
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+4
Up
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    15,813
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $131,755
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    0.1, 0.7, 0.1
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    4.9, 3.9, 5.1
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
#39
Beachwood
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+39
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    11,357
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $79,777
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    0.7, 0.4, 0.5
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    3.7, 7.0, 11.7
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Tenafly, New Jersey
#40
Tenafly
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+11
Up
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    14,427
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $172,926
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    0.3, 0.1, 0.3
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    4.5, 6.1, 2.5
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Hillsborough Township, New Jersey
#41
Hillsborough Township
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-0-
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    40,210
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $129,284
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    0.5, 0.3, 0.4
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    4.3, 4.8, 6.0
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Manalapan Township, New Jersey
#42
Manalapan Township
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+18
Up
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    39,353
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $122,304
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    0.3, 0.5, 0.3
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    4.9, 5.7, 5.4
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Washington Township-Morris County, New Jersey
#43
Washington Township, Morris County
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+6
Up
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    18,086
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $149,129
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    0.8, 0.7, 0.4
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    4.0, 4.4, 2.7
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Florence Township, NJ
#44
Florence Township
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+52
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    12,527
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $84,897
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    1.0, 1.3, 1.0
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    3.5, 6.4, 7.0
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Palisades Township, NJ
#45
Palisades Township
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+19
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)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    20,818
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $68,245
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    0.3, 0.8, 0.8
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    5.0, 5.1, 6.2
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Lincoln Park, New Jersey
#46
Lincoln Park
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-18
Down
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    10,051
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $97,003
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    0.5, 0.2, 0.0
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    4.8, 4.5, 5.8
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Waldwick, New Jersey
#47
Waldwick
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-0-
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    10,156
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $124,803
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    0.2, 0.2, 0.2
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    5.5, 5.6, 4.7
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Middlesex Borough, New Jersey
#48
Middlesex Borough
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-12
Down
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    13,669
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $75,460
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    0.2, 0.4, 0.8
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    5.5, 4.0, 7.3
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Branchburg Township, New Jersey
#49
Branchburg Township
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+4
Up
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    14,526
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $138,603
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    0.3, 0.3, 0.3
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    5.2, 5.7, 5.5
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Ridgewood, New Jersey
#50
Ridgewood
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+12
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    25,036
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $184,355
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    0.3, 0.5, 0.2
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    5.3, 5.7, 6.1
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime

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2022 Rank
City
Population
2022 VC per 1,000Icon Tooltip  Dark
2022 PC per 1,000Icon Tooltip  Dark
2021 Rank
51Middletown Township65,1700.25.552
52Manchester Township43,8560.35.363
53Florham Park11,4550.15.891
54Morris Township22,1000.45.338
55Wyckoff Township16,9500.15.940
56Little Ferry10,7360.74.893
57Old Bridge Township65,5370.45.487
58West Caldwell Township10,8410.35.739
59Parsippany-Troy Hills Township51,3170.55.268
60Westfield29,3890.35.931
61Barnegat Township23,9980.75.058
62Ramsey14,9040.35.8103
63Kinnelon9,8590.16.44
64Bridgewater Township44,0060.16.495
65North Bergen Township60,5670.95.0100
66Cedar Grove Township12,4830.26.343
67Verona13,3680.16.712
68New Milford16,4171.24.515
69Princeton31,4580.36.281
70Berkeley Township42,1680.75.5111
71Scotch Plains Township24,3130.26.779
72Aberdeen Township19,4710.85.6101
73Lacey Township29,5240.85.5104
74Stafford Township28,0290.56.4106
75Rockaway Township26,0460.26.999
76Maywood9,6100.27.1N/A
77Nutley Township28,4080.76.083
78River Edge11,4310.17.359
79Franklin Lakes11,1660.27.256
80Harrison Township13,1780.66.320
81Oakland12,9290.37.032
82North Arlington15,6950.46.8127
83Ridgefield11,1710.37.345
84Bordentown Township11,9740.86.174
85Holmdel Township16,7260.56.9137
86East Brunswick Township47,5730.57.0117
87Montville Township20,9820.17.884
88East Greenwich Township10,8340.37.690
89Little Falls Township14,4630.86.692
90Fair Lawn32,9100.47.470
91Marlboro Township39,5930.37.667
92Lyndhurst Township23,1690.66.975
93East Windsor Township27,2650.67.080
94Sayreville44,2821.25.988
95Madison17,8500.08.519
96Dover17,6541.45.7144
97Livingston Township30,3720.38.1113
98Moorestown Township20,4910.77.3114
99South Brunswick Township45,8770.57.754
100Hawthorne18,7280.18.766
101Roselle Park13,6040.48.197
102Piscataway Township56,8701.16.794
103Point Pleasant18,8421.36.282
104Montclair38,6211.06.9157
105Waterford Township10,6751.46.177
106Howell Township52,0480.77.686
107Somerville12,0840.28.9133
108South River15,7311.85.4116
109Evesham Township45,1480.68.0123
110Lodi24,3430.97.5147
111Lower Township21,1771.66.3115
112Summit21,9170.29.255
113Rahway30,1571.46.776
114Medford Township23,4330.58.771
115West Windsor Township27,9440.49.0110
116Wall Township25,4890.58.989
117Clark Township16,0260.68.5156
118Colts Neck Township9,7860.29.561
119Guttenberg11,1001.46.9120
120"Franklin Township, Gloucester County"16,2260.68.8119
121"Springfield Township, Union County"17,6390.78.573
122Bound Brook10,1740.59.2148
123Voorhees Township29,1300.69.1141
124East Hanover Township10,8810.29.9112
125Morristown19,3371.67.3139
126Lakewood Township108,0231.28.1122
127Brick Township76,3260.89.0131
128Rutherford18,3070.59.7105
129"Washington Township, Gloucester County"47,5511.28.6167
130Hanover Township14,2900.410.3107
131"Franklin Township, Somerset County"66,1380.79.8108
132Willingboro Township32,0483.05.4194
133Woodland Park12,6530.99.6155
134Highland Park13,6660.410.9174
135Fort Lee38,9211.09.698
136Fairview14,2091.29.2151
137Edgewater13,5730.710.6126
138Delran Township16,4440.411.4135
139Toms River Township94,5610.910.5149
140Teaneck Township40,2901.39.9118
141"Monroe Township, Gloucester County"36,8930.810.8128
142Winslow Township38,4601.98.7165
143Bloomfield50,2211.010.6121
144Ridgefield Park12,9040.512.0102
145Little Egg Harbor Township21,9281.110.6109
146Manville10,1161.110.8197
147West Deptford Township20,8780.811.6132
148Hazlet Township19,5930.911.5136
149Garfield31,9081.111.2201
150Mantua Township14,7690.811.8140
151Edison Township99,5841.011.4152
152Wallington11,4991.011.6138
153"Lawrence Township, Mercer County"32,2821.211.1175
154Bayonne65,0131.810.0161
155Roselle21,8671.610.6202
156Kearny41,0371.111.5184
157Freehold Township34,4560.712.3160
158Gloucester Township63,7550.812.1159
159South Orange Village16,7320.912.0172
160Saddle Brook Township13,5330.013.9153
161Ewing Township36,3251.311.1170
162Union Township58,6131.012.3164
163Wayne Township53,1621.012.2168
164South Plainfield24,1001.212.0186
165East Rutherford9,7670.912.5134
166Red Bank11,9292.39.7129
167Maplewood Township25,5310.513.4183
168Carteret23,4441.711.2143
169Tinton Falls17,3880.613.7146
170Elmwood Park19,9941.013.0162
171Woodbridge Township100,1191.312.3163
172Metuchen14,6390.713.6130
173Englewood28,5141.811.5173
174West New York52,9772.011.1185
175Mount Laurel Township41,1791.412.5169
176Perth Amboy51,3842.79.9190
177Millburn Township20,0530.115.3196
178Hackensack44,2641.212.9187
179North Brunswick Township41,3831.712.1171
180Pleasantville20,1351.313.2195
181Burlington Township22,5951.512.8150
182Belleville36,5331.114.3188
183North Plainfield21,2791.214.2176
184West Orange47,6661.214.3182
185Galloway Township35,4442.711.5145
186Hammonton13,8451.713.7125
187Hoboken52,9021.214.6158
188Middle Township18,0931.913.5192
189Glassboro20,4612.213.0181
190Bellmawr11,3181.015.6142
191Clifton85,0581.015.7166
192Lumberton Township12,1531.215.1180
193Harrison20,9371.913.8205
194Haddonfield11,2740.317.9124
195Pemberton Township26,8752.314.1199
196Freehold Borough11,6432.114.6154
197Paramus26,2220.917.4232
198Totowa10,7771.317.1178
199Weehawken Township14,8741.317.5179
200"Hamilton Township, Mercer County"86,8051.816.9193
201"Hamilton Township, Atlantic County"25,6541.118.2227
202Burlington City9,8493.213.9213
203Egg Harbor Township42,1101.218.9177
204Eatontown12,1242.017.6216
205East Orange64,3204.612.6206
206Phillipsburg14,1362.716.6211
207"Ocean Township, Monmouth County"26,4620.820.4198
208Pine Hill10,4273.116.0191
209Secaucus22,5352.217.8214
210Haddon Township14,5102.018.8207
211Passaic69,6104.014.8220
212Union City68,0553.017.4200
213Cinnaminson Township16,4290.622.6203
214Plainfield50,3334.514.6209
215Cherry Hill Township71,2201.221.7208
216Jersey City263,2734.415.0225
217Pennsville Township12,3151.521.1189
218Long Branch30,1753.018.6217
219Somers Point10,1082.421.8212
220Gloucester City11,1821.324.1215
221Orange City30,5414.717.3229
222Newark282,2425.316.2226
223Irvington54,3064.218.6224
224Maple Shade Township18,4022.622.3210
225New Brunswick55,7015.117.3223
226Collingswood13,8641.924.2219
227Vineland59,2883.820.9228
228Hillside Township21,9952.824.3221
229Ventnor City9,8151.727.3233
230Pennsauken Township35,6982.725.9222
231Ocean City10,8930.730.7218
232Linden42,5153.326.0231
233Elizabeth129,5186.022.4238
234Paterson144,9479.914.9236
235Deptford Township30,2751.633.2235
236Lindenwold17,2066.324.2237
237Neptune Township27,3203.933.3234
238Woodbury9,7443.933.7230
239Atlantic City37,5508.227.0243
240Trenton82,90911.720.9239
241Millville27,2726.334.0240
242Bridgeton24,0329.730.7241
243Camden County Police Department73,12716.021.6244
244Asbury Park15,33112.334.2242
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Sources

FBI: Crime Data Explorer, Accessed March 8, 2022.

US Census Bureau, "Data Explorer," Accessed January 24, 2022.

Best Places, “Find a Place Search Tool,” Accessed January 24, 2022.

SafeWise, “2021 State of Safety survey,” Accessed March 8, 2022.

Gun Violence Archive, “Past Summary Ledgers,” Accessed January 24, 2022.

Gun Violence Archive, “General Methodology,” Accessed March 8, 2022.

Melody Hicks, Ben Stickle, Joshua Harms, American Journal of Criminal Justice, “Assessing the Fear of Package Theft,” January 04, 2021. Accessed March 8, 2022.

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