If there is one thing the people of New Jersey can lord over their neighbors across the Hudson, it is this: of all the states, the home of the Devils is one of the safest. This is according to the most recent data collected by the FBI, which places the state’s overall violent crime right at less than half that of the country’s.

Leading the way for the state were River Vale and Bernards Townships, home to 10,000 and 27,000 respectively. Both municipalities went an entire year without a single incident of reported violent crime. And neither were they the outliers. The fifty safest cities that made our list logged violent crime rates at least 92% below the national average. Meanwhile, property crime rates averaged 74% less than the national rate.

Reports like these are in step with a year-over-year decline in violent crime throughout the state even as national rates have risen. There’s no better example of this than Camden. The city, long written off by many as irredeemably crime-ridden, has sought to redefine the job of local police in order to foster greater trust between cops and the community. The result was nothing less than a visit and praise from President Barack Obama.

Two years ago, the police department was overhauled to implement a new model of community policing,” Obama explained in a 2015 speech. “They doubled the size of the force—while keeping it unionized. They cut desk jobs in favor of getting more officers out into the streets. Not just to walk the beat, but to actually get to know the residents—to set up basketball games, to volunteer in schools, to participate in reading programs, to get to know the small businesses in the area.” These efforts achieved an impressive 47% decline in murder and a 65% decline in open-air drug markets.

Of course, until crime is completely stamped out there will always be room for progress. Until then, you can explore safety resources in our New Jersey Safety Directory.

Safest Cities in New Jersey infographic

The 50 Safest Cities in New Jersey by Rank

1–25

1. River Vale Township
Region: North Jersey
Population: 10,053
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0
Property crimes per 1,000: 2.59
Total crimes: 0% violent, 100% property

2. Bernards Township
Region: North Jersey
Population: 27,024
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0
Property crimes per 1,000: 3.48
Total crimes: 0% violent, 100% property

3. Warren Township
Region: North Jersey
Population: 16,051
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.06
Property crimes per 1,000: 3.43
Total crimes: 1.82% violent, 98.18% property

4. Highland Park
Region: Central Jersey
Population: 14,346
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.07
Property crimes per 1,000: 12.48
Total crimes: 0.56% violent, 99.44% property

5. Berkeley Heights Township
Region: North Jersey
Population: 13,548
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.07
Property crimes per 1,000: 6.57
Total crimes: 1.12% violent, 98.88% property

6. Clinton Township
Region: Central Jersey
Population: 12,933
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.08
Property crimes per 1,000: 3.25
Total crimes: 2.38% violent, 97.62% property

7. New Providence
Region: North Jersey
Population: 12,461
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.08
Property crimes per 1,000: 4.49
Total crimes: 1.79% violent, 98.21% property

8. Glen Rock
Region: North Jersey
Population: 12,014
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.08
Property crimes per 1,000: 6.16
Total crimes: 1.35% violent, 98.65% property

9. Raritan Township
Region: Central Jersey
Population: 22,011
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.09
Property crimes per 1,000: 5.09%
Total crimes: 1.79% violent, 98.21% property

10. Sparta Township
Region: North Jersey
Population: 19,049
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.10
Property crimes per 1,000: 4.09
Total crimes: 2.56% violent, 97.44% property

11. Monroe Township, Middlesex County
Region: Central Jersey
Population: 44,923
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.11
Property crimes per 1,000: 3.61
Total crimes: 3.09% violent, 96.91% property

12. New Milford
Region: North Jersey
Population: 16,804
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.12
Property crimes per 1,000: 2.44
Total crimes: 4.88% violent, 95.12% property

13. Saddle Brook Township
Region: North Jersey
Population: 14,108
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.14
Property crimes per 1,000: 17.72
Total crimes: 0.80% violent, 99.20% property

14. Mahwah Township
Region: North Jersey
Population: 26,588
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.15
Property crimes per 1,000: 5.64
Total crimes: 2.67% violent, 97.33% property

15. Hopewell Township
Region: Central Jersey
Population: 18,570
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.16
Property crimes per 1,000: 5.39
Total crimes: 3% violent, 97% property

16. Westfield
Region: Central Jersey
Population: 30,427
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.16
Property crimes per 1,000: 8.38
Total crimes: 1.96% violent, 98.04% property

17. Dumont
Region: North Jersey
Population: 18,010
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.17
Property crimes per 1,000: 5.27
Total crimes: 3.16% violent, 96.84% property

18. Montgomery Township
Region: Central Jersey
Population: 23,160
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.17
Property crimes per 1,000: 4.02
Total crimes: 4.30% violent, 95.70% property

19. Haddonfield
Region: South Jersey
Population: 11,323
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.18
Property crimes per 1,000: 16.87
Total crimes: 1.05% violent, 98.95% property

20. Westwood
Region: North Jersey
Population: 11,252
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.18
Property crimes per 1,000: 4.35
Total crimes: 4.08% violent, 95.92% property

21. East Hanover Township
Region: North Jersey
Population: 11,233
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.18
Property crimes per 1,000: 11.75
Total crimes: 1.52% violent, 98.48% property

22. Denville Township
Region: North Jersey
Population: 16,759
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.18
Property crimes per 1,000: 4.83
Total crimes: 3.70% violent, 96.30% property

23. Madison
Region: North Jersey
Population: 16,098
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.19
Property crimes per 1,000: 5.96
Total crimes: 3.13% violent, 96.87% property

24. Randolph Township
Region: North Jersey
Population: 25,877
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.19
Property crimes per 1,000: 4.91
Total crimes: 3.94% violent, 96.06% property

25. Pequannock Township
Region: North Jersey
Population: 15,425
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.19
Property crimes per 1,000: 6.94
Total crimes: 2.80% violent, 97.20% property

25–50

26. Waldwick
Region: North Jersey
Population: 10,134
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.20
Property crimes per 1,000: 5.82
Total crimes: 3.39% violent, 96.61% property

27. Point Pleasant
Region: Central Jersey
Population: 18,502
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.22
Property crimes per 1,000: 8.54
Total crimes: 2.53% violent, 97.47% property

28. Verona
Region: North Jersey
Population: 13,523
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.22
Property crimes per 1,000: 6.06
Total crimes: 3.66% violent, 96.34% property

29. Jackson Township
Region: Central Jersey
Population: 56,563
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.23
Property crimes per 1,000: 8.36
Total crimes: 2.75% violent, 97.25% property

30. Woolwich Township
Region: South Jersey
Population: 12,675
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.24
Property crimes per 1,000: 3.87
Total crimes: 6.12% violent, 93.88% property

31. Cedar Grove Township
Region: North Jersey
Population: 12,603
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.24
Property crimes per 1,000: 7.93
Total crimes: 3.00% violent, 97.00% property

32. Holmdel Township
Region: Central Jersey
Population: 16,651
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.24
Property crimes per 1,000: 9.97
Total crimes: 2.41% violent, 97.59% property

33. Ringwood
Region: North Jersey
Population: 12,427
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.24
Property crimes per 1,000: 4.82
Total crimes: 5.00% violent, 95.00% property

34. Marlboro Township
Region: Central Jersey
Population: 40,764
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.25
Property crimes per 1,000: 5.96
Total crimes: 4.12% violent, 95.88% property

35. Clark Township
Region: Central Jersey
Population: 15,609
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.26
Property crimes per 1,000: 11.34
Total crimes: 2.26% violent, 97.74% property

36. Middleton Township
Region: Central Jersey
Population: 65,919
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.26
Property crimes per 1,000: 6.61
Total crimes: 3.90% violent, 96.10% property

37. Ridgefield
Region: North Jersey
Population: 11,380
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.26
Property crimes per 1,000: 5.10
Total crimes: 5.17% violent, 94.83% property

38. Mantua Township
Region: South Jersey
Population: 14,939
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.27
Property crimes per 1,000: 18.27
Total crimes: 1.47% violent, 98.53% property

39. Vernon Township
Region: North Jersey
Population: 22,359
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.27
Property crimes per 1,000: 9.21
Total crimes: 2.91% violent, 97.09% property

40. Tenafly
Region: North Jersey
Population: 14,877
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.27
Property crimes per 1,000: 4.57
Total crimes: 5.88% violent, 94.12% property

41. Ridgewood
Region: North Jersey
Population: 25,617
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.27
Property crimes per 1,000: 8.00
Total crimes: 3.41% violent, 96.59% property

42. Waterford Township
Region: South Jersey
Population: 10,720
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.28
Property crimes per 1,000: 7.09
Total crimes: 3.95% violent, 96.05% property

43. Hillsdale
Region: North Jersey
Population: 10,569
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.28
Property crimes per 1,000: 3.31
Total crimes: 8.57% violent, 91.43% property

44. Chatham Township
Region: North Jersey
Population: 10,555
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.28
Property crimes per 1,000: 3.98
Total crimes: 7.14% violent, 92.86% property

45. Cranford Township
Region: Central Jersey
Population: 24,324
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.29
Property crimes per 1,000: 7.15
Total crimes: 4.02% violent, 95.98% property

46. Metuchen
Region: Central Jersey
Population: 13,879
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.29
Property crimes per 1,000: 12.75
Total crimes: 2.26% violent, 97.74% property

47. Bergenfield
Region: North Jersey
Population: 27,646
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.29
Property crimes per 1,000: 3.58
Total crimes: 8.08% violent, 91.92% property

48. Wyckoff Township
Region: North Jersey
Population: 17,242
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.29
Property crimes per 1,000: 6.03
Total crimes: 4.81% violent, 95.19% property

49. Wayne Township
Region: North Jersey
Population: 55,023
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.31
Property crimes per 1,000: 20.34
Total crimes: 1.52% violent, 98.48% property

50. Edgewater
Region: North Jersey
Population: 12,079
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.33
Property crimes per 1,000: 11.67
Total crimes: 2.84% violent, 97.16% property

Top 50 Safest Cities in New Jersey 

Rank City Population Violent Crime Property Crime Region
1 River Vale Township 10,053 0.00000 2.58629 North Jersey
2 Bernards Township 27,024 0.00000 3.47839 North Jersey
3 Warren Township 16,051 0.06230 3.42658 North Jersey
4 Highland Park 14,346 0.06971 12.47735 Central Jersey
5 Berkeley Heights Township 13,548 0.07381 6.56924 North Jersey
6 Clinton Township 12,933 0.07732 3.24751 Central Jersey
7 New Providence 12,461 0.08025 4.49402 North Jersey
8 Glen Rock 12,014 0.08324 6.15948 North Jersey
9 Raritan Township 22,011 0.09086 5.08837 Central Jersey
10 Sparta Township 19,049 0.10499 4.09470 North Jersey
11 Monroe Township, Middlesex County 44,923 0.11130 3.60617 Central Jersey
12 New Milford 16,804 0.11902 2.43990 North Jersey
13 Saddle Brook Township 14,108 0.14176 17.72044 North Jersey
14 Mahwah Township 26,588 0.15044 5.64164 North Jersey
15 Hopewell Township 18,570 0.16155 5.38503 Central Jersey
16 Westfield 30,427 0.16433 8.38071 Central Jersey
17 Dumont 18,010 0.16657 5.27485 North Jersey
18 Montgomery Township 23,160 0.17271 4.01554 Central Jersey
19 Haddonfield 11,323 0.17663 16.86832 South Jersey
20 Westwood 11,252 0.17775 4.35478 North Jersey
21 East Hanover Township 11,233 0.17805 11.75109 North Jersey
22 Denville Township 16,759 0.17901 4.83322 North Jersey
23 Madison 16,098 0.18636 5.96347 North Jersey
24 Randolph Township 25,877 0.19322 4.90783 North Jersey
25 Pequannock Township 15,425 0.19449 6.93679 North Jersey
26 Waldwick 10,134 0.19736 5.82199 North Jersey
27 Point Pleasant 18,502 0.21619 8.53962 Central Jersey
28 Verona 13,523 0.22184 6.06374 North Jersey
29 Jackson Township 56,563 0.22983 8.36236 Central Jersey
30 Woolwich Township 12,675 0.23669 3.86588 South Jersey
31 Cedar Grove Township 12,603 0.23804 7.93462 North Jersey
32 Holmdel Township 16,651 0.24023 9.96937 Central Jersey
33 Ringwood 12,427 0.24141 4.82820 North Jersey
34 Marlboro Township 40,764 0.24531 5.96114 Central Jersey
35 Clark Township 15,609 0.25626 11.33961 Central Jersey
36 Middletown Township 65,919 0.25789 6.61418 Central Jersey
37 Ridgefield 11,380 0.26362 5.09666 North Jersey
38 Mantua Township 14,939 0.26776 18.27432 South Jersey
39 Vernon Township 22,359 0.26835 9.21329 North Jersey
40 Tenafly 14,877 0.26887 4.57081 North Jersey
41 Ridgewood 25,617 0.27326 8.00250 North Jersey
42 Waterford Township 10,720 0.27985 7.08955 South Jersey
43 Hillsdale 10,569 0.28385 3.31157 North Jersey
44 Chatham Township 10,555 0.28423 3.97916 North Jersey
45 Cranford Township 24,324 0.28778 7.15343 Central Jersey
46 Metuchen 13,879 0.28821 12.75308 Central Jersey
47 Bergenfield 27,646 0.28937 3.58099 North Jersey
48 Wyckoff Township 17,242 0.28999 6.03178 North Jersey
49 Wayne Township 55,023 0.30896 20.33695 North Jersey
50 Edgewater 12,079 0.33115 11.67315 North Jersey

How We Chose the Safest Cities in New Jersey

To identify the fifty safest cities in New Jersey, we reviewed the 2016 FBI crime report statistics and population data. Cities that fell below identified population thresholds or that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI were excluded from the ranking system.

Our evaluation is based on the number of reported violent crimes (aggravated assault, murder, rape,

and robbery) in each city. If there was a tie, we also factored in the number of property crimes (burglary, arson, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft). To level the playing field, we calculated the rate of crimes per 1,000 people in each city. This makes it easier to directly compare the likelihood of these crimes occurring in cities with vastly different populations.

Learn more about how we rank our Safest Cities Reports

How to Make a Safe Home Anywhere

Wherever you live, feeling safe in your home can bring greater peace of mind and happiness. Whether your city made our list or not, we recommend adding extra security to your home with monitored security services provided by the nation’s leading home security providers.

To learn more about the home security options available to you, check out SafeWise’s picks for  Best Home Security Systems of 2018.

If you would like to contact a SafeWise Safest Cities Analyst, please email info@safewise.com.

Written by Tamarra Kemsley

Tamarra graduated with a BA in communications in 2012 and with an MA in Islam and the Middle East from Jerusalem's Hebrew University in 2015. You can follow her on Twitter @tamarranicole. Learn more

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