New Jersey’s 50 Safest Cities of 2020

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The SafeWise Team is pleased to release the sixth annual Safest Cities report. Here are the 20 Safest Cities in New Jersey for 2020. See if your city made the list.

6 percent have experienced violent crime, 15 percent have experienced property crime, 5 percent have been affected by a mass shooting

New Jersey is slightly less concerned about safety on a daily basis than the national average. Low crime rates, limited personal experience with crime, and this year’s 50 safest cities are part of the reason New Jersey residents don’t stay up at night worrying about their safety.

See if your town is one of  New Jersey’s 50 safest cities of 2020. 

The number of people feeling high concern for their safety on a daily basis dropped by 10 percentage points in New Jersey, according to our 2020 State of Safety survey. In 2019, 54% expressed a high level of concern every day.

New Jersey crime concern infographic

New Jersey's daily level of concern decreased by 19% year over year

New Jersey is home to a large number of safe cities, often dominating our national rankings. In 2019, New Jersey had 30 cities land on our 100 Safest Cities in America list, and 18 cities made our 2019 ranking of the 100 Safest Small Towns in America.

It helps that the Garden State’s crime rates are consistently below national averages. Year over year, the state’s violent crime rate dropped from 2.3 incidents per 1,000 to 2.1. Likewise, New Jersey’s property crime rate fell from 15.8 to 14.0. Both rates are below the nationwide rates of 3.7 for violent crime and 22.0 for property crime.

Although personal experience with both violent and property crime rose between 2019 and 2020, New Jersey reports are still under national averages. Just 6% of New Jersey respondents reported a personal experience with violent crime in the past 12 months (12% nationally) and 15% said they had experienced property crime (26% nationally).

Violent Crime in New Jersey: Fear vs. Reality

When it comes to violent crime, being physically assaulted by a stranger is the crime that has most New Jerseyans worried. It’s also the violent crime they think most likely to actually happen to them.

  • Just 6% experienced a violent crime in the past 12 months, compared to the national average of 12%.
  • 41% indicated the highest concern about physical assault by a stranger, versus 40% across the US.
  • 31% think they’re most likely to fall victim to a physical assault by a stranger, compared to 26% nationwide. 
  • Aggravated assault was the most common violent crime in New Jersey, comprising  67% of all violent crime reported among the safest cities and 56% across the state.
New Jersey crime concern infographic
New Jersey crime concern infographic

Property Crime in New Jersey: Fear vs. Reality

Theft of digital property, like photos and files, is the biggest property crime concern in the Garden State. Last year, digital security was the overall safety concern in the state, with 71% of respondents marking it of high or very high concern.

  • 15% of New Jersey respondents had a personal experience with property crime in the past 12 months, compared to 26% nationally.
  • 56% named digital property theft the most concerning property crime, versus 52% across the country. 
  • 49% said that having digital property stolen is the property crime they think is most likely to actually happen. That’s 13 points higher than the national average of 36%.
  • Larceny-theft was the most common property crime in New Jersey, accounting for 80% of all incidents among the safest cities and 76% across the state.
  • 29% of New Jersey respondents use a security system to protect their property. That’s five points above the national average of 24%.
  • Security systems are the top security measure used in New Jersey, followed by security cameras with 26% of all respondents using them.
  • 33% don’t use any measure of protection for their property, compared to 29% nationwide.
New Jersey crime concern infographic
New Jersey crime concern infographic

A Closer Look at New Jersey’s Safest Cities of 2020

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

  • Last year, the top three cities all reported zero violent crimes—this year seven cities went without a single reported violent crime (Chatham Township, Woolwich Township, Glen Rock, New Providence, River Edge, Lincoln Park, and Verona). The addition of property crime to the overall score is why these seven aren’t all at the top of the list.
  • Thirty-two cities (64%) improved in rank year over year, with Hopatcong making the biggest jump—100 spots from 116 to 16.
  • Eighteen cities (36%) dropped in rank this year.
  • Every city on the list beat both state (2.1) and national (3.7) crime rates and every city kept violent crime to less than one incident per 1,000.
  • Only four cities reported 10 or more violent crimes and Manchester Township had the most, with a paltry 15.
  • Only 195 total violent crime incidents were reported among the safest cities.
  • There were only three murders among the safest cities.
  • All cities are below both state (14.0) and national (22.0) property crime rates and no city reported more than 6.6 incidents per 1,000.
  • Forty cities (80%) reported fewer than 100 total property crimes, and River Vale Township had the fewest with 24, followed by Kinnelon with 25.
New Jersey safest cities heat map showing population and crime score

The 50 Safest Cities in New Jersey

VC = Violent Crime PC = Property Crime

River Vale Township, Ney Jersey
#1
River Vale Township
(
+12
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    10,157
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $131,764
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.1, 0.1, 0.0
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    2.4, 1.5, 2.6
Kinnelon, New Jersey
#2
Kinnelon
(
+73
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    10,080
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $125,000
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.1, 0.5, 0.4
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    2.5, 3.4, 4.3
Bergenfield, New Jersey
#3
Bergenfield
(
+6
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    27,684
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $80,365
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.0, 0.1, 0.3
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    2.7, 3.7, 3.6
Mount Olive Township, New Jersey
#4
Mount Olive Township
(
+44
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    28,994
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $88,467
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.2, 0.3, 0.3
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    2.7, 5.6, 5.3
Tenafly, New Jersey
#5
Tenafly
(
+2
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    14,742
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $140,923
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.3, 0.1, 0.3
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    2.5, 4.3, 4.6
Chatham Township, New Jersey
#6
Chatham Township
(
-4
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    10,288
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $135,497
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.0, 0.0, 0.3
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    3.2, 3.7, 4.0
Bernards Township, New Jersey
#7
Bernards Township
(
-3
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    26,813
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $126,667
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.1, 0.0, 0.0
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    3.2, 4.3, 3.5
Dumont, New Jersey
#8
Dumont
(
+27
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    17,825
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $91,811
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.3, 0.2, 0.2
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    2.7, 4.9, 5.3
Sparta Township, New Jersey
#9
Sparta Township
(
+64
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    18,694
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $126,090
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.3, 0.5, 0.1
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    2.9, 3.5, 4.1
Washington Township-Morris County, New Jersey
#10
Washington Township
(
+12
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    18,484
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $125,149
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.4, Not Available, Not Available
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    2.7, Not Available, Not Available
Warren Township, New Jersey
#11
Warren Township
(
+18
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    15,951
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $144,233
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.2, 0.2, 0.1
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    3.3, 2.6, 3.4
Monroe Township-Middlesex County, New Jersey
#12
Monroe Township, Middlesex County
(
-1
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    45,597
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $70,772
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.1, Not available, Not available
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    3.5, Not available, Not available
New Milford, New Jersey
#13
New Milford
(
+3
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    16,701
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $75,071
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.3, 0.1, 0.1
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    3.1, 4.4, 2.4
Woolwich Township, New Jersey
#14
Woolwich Township
(
+36
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    12,636
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $117,571
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.0, 0.3, 0.2
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    4.0, 5.2, 3.9
Mahwah Township, New Jersey
#15
Mahwah Township
(
+39
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    26,501
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $102,168
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.1, 0.3, 0.2
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    3.7, 5.5, 5.6
#16
Hopatcong
(
+100
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    14,183
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $85,357
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.4, 0.8, 0.5
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    3.0, 5.0, 7.2
Clinton Township, New Jersey
#17
Clinton Township
(
-7
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    12,824
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $124,583
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.1, 0.1, 0.1
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    3.9, 5.6, 3.2
Glen Rock, New Jersey
#18
Glen Rock
(
+6
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    11,937
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $154,615
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.0, 0.2, 0.1
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    4.1, 7.7, 6.2
Robbinsville Township, New Jersey
#19
Robbinsville Township
(
-11
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    14,710
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $114,593
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.1, 0.1, 0.5
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    4.0, 5.7, 4.4
Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey
#20
Hasbrouck Heights
(
+3
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    12,163
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $87,705
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.1, 0.2, 0.6
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    4.2, 5.0, 5.9
Jefferson Township, New Jersey
#21
Jefferson Township
(
+23
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    21,071
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $96,298
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.2, 0.3, 0.7
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    4.0, 4.3, 3.7
Hillsdale, New Jersey
#22
Hillsdale
(
-21
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    10,484
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $113,077
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.3, 0.0, 0.3
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    3.9, 3.3, 3.3
Vernon Township, New Jersey
#23
Vernon Township
(
+38
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    22,057
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $87,707
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.0, 0.4, 0.3
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    4.5, 8.6, 9.2
Raritan Township, New Jersey
#24
Raritan Township
(
+13
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    22,092
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $113,214
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.2, 0.2, 0.1
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    4.3, 4.2, 5.1
Montgomery Township, New Jersey
#25
Montgomery Township
(
+17
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    23,515
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $154,375
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.3, 0.3, 0.2
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    4.1, 4.3, 4.0
New Providence, New Jersey
#26
New Providence
(
-23
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    13,283
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $139,071
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.0, 0.0, 0.1
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    4.9, 4.5, 4.5
Oakland, New Jersey
#27
Oakland
(
+65
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    13,102
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $117,596
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.5, 0.6, 0.6
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    3.7, 6.0, 5.4
Ringwood, New Jersey
#28
Ringwood
(
+11
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    12,303
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $106,880
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.5, 0.2, 0.2
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    3.9, 3.0, 4.8
Berkeley Heights Township, New Jersey
#29
Berkeley Heights Township
(
+4
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    13,646
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $139,500
  • Circle Gun
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.3, 0.2, 0.1
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    4.4, 5.3, 6.6
Waldwick, New Jersey
#30
Waldwick
(
+16
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    10,019
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $106,750
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.2, 0.3, 0.2
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    4.7, 6.3, 5.8
Randolph Township, New Jersey
#31
Randolph Township
(
-10
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    25,552
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $117,560
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.1, 0.2, 0.2
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    5.0, 4.5, 4.9
Madison, New Jersey
#32
Madison
(
+8
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    15,832
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $109,737
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.2, 0.2, 0.2
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    4.8, 4.1, 6.0
Hopewell Township, New Jersey
#33
Hopewell Township
(
+29
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    18,000
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $144,539
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.4, 0.4, 0.2
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    4.2, 5.3, 5.4
Readington Township, New Jersey
#34
Readington Township
(
-16
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    15,941
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $121,210
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.1, 0.1, 0.5
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    5.1, 5.0, 5.9
Franklin Lakes, New Jersey
#35
Franklin Lakes
(
-23
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    11,191
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $153,657
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.1, 0.1, 0.5
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    5.3, 6.5, 6.9
River Edge, New Jersey
#36
River Edge
(
-10
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    11,611
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $104,250
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.0, 0.2, 0.4
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    5.5, 5.4, 5.1
Harrison Township, New Jersey
#37
Harrison Township
(
+33
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    12,915
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $127,875
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.2, 0.5, 0.5
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    5.2, 7.8, 7.1
Roxbury Township, New Jersey
#38
Roxbury Township
(
-7
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    23,010
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $104,453
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.0, 0.2, 0.3
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    5.5, 10.1, 9.1
Denville Township, New Jersey
#39
Denville Township
(
-34
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    16,737
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $105,135
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.1, 0.1, 0.2
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    5.4, 5.2, 4.8
Wyckoff Township, New Jersey
#40
Wyckoff Township
(
+31
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    17,161
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $141,964
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.3, 0.5, 0.3
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    4.9, 6.2, 6.0
Lincoln Park, New Jersey
#41
Lincoln Park
(
+22
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    10,308
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $81,661
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.0, 0.4, 0.4
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    5.8, 6.9, 7.3
Morris Township, New Jersey
#42
Morris Township
(
-23
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    22,183
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $143,150
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.3, 0.1, 0.4
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    5.4, 4.5, 5.8
Plainsboro Township, New Jersey
#43
Plainsboro Township
(
+12
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    23,243
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $92,967
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.4, 0.3, 0.4
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    5.1, 5.3, 5.9
Branchburg Township, New Jersey
#44
Branchburg Township
(
-14
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    14,577
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $120,968
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.3, 0.2, 0.5
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    5.5, 4.0, 4.4
#45
Manalapan Township
(
+7
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    40,150
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $110,573
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.3, 0.3, 0.7
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    5.4, 6.2, 6.0
#46
Florham Park
(
+33
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    11,602
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $105,368
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.3, 0.5, 0.6
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    5.6, 6.9, 8.5
Manchester Township, New Jersey
#47
Manchester Township
(
-6
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    42,939
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $39,826
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.3, 0.3, 0.6
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    5.5, 5.1, 5.0
#48
Middletown Township
(
+65
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    65,469
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $103,907
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.2, 0.7, 0.3
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    5.9, 7.6, 6.6
Ridgewood, New Jersey
#49
Ridgewood
(
-11
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    25,429
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $162,011
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.2, 0.2, 0.3
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    6.1, 6.8, 8.0
Verona, New Jersey
#50
Verona
(
-5
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    13,437
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $100,503
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.0, 0.3, 0.2
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    6.6, 5.6, 6.1

How We Determined the Safest Cities

Learn how we identified the safest cities on our methodology page.

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Didn’t Find Your City in the Top 50?

We calculated crime rates for every city in the state that met our population threshold, which is based on the median population of the state. See how the remaining cities ranked in the list below.

NOTE: If you don’t see your city on the list, it means that it was below the population threshold or didn’t submit a complete crime report to the FBI in 2018.

2020 RankingCity Population Violent Crime (per 1,000) Property Crime (per 1,000)
51

Pequannock Township

15,177

0.2

6.1

52

Ridgefield

11,329

0.3

6

53

Cranford Township

24,353

0.3

6

54

West Caldwell Township

10,912

0.2

6.2

55

Barnegat Township

22,777

0.6

5.3

56

West Milford Township

26,560

0.4

5.9

57

Hillsborough Township

39,796

0.4

6

58

Colts Neck Township

9,944

0.8

5.1

59

South Brunswick Township

46,340

0.5

6

60

Summit

22,125

0.3

6.5

61

Ramsey

15,126

0.1

7

62

East Greenwich Township

10,504

0.4

6.5

63

Cliffside Park

25,001

0.6

6

64

Jackson Township

56,706

0.5

6.3

65

Westwood

11,219

1

5.1

66

Westfield

30,011

0.1

7.2

67

Cedar Grove Township

12,566

0.3

6.8

68

Waterford Township

10,641

0.7

6

69

East Windsor Township

27,401

0.7

6.2

70

Princeton

31,856

0.3

7

71

Maywood

9,763

0.4

7

72

Scotch Plains Township

24,423

0.4

7

73

Stafford Township

27,141

0.6

6.7

74

Point Pleasant

18,474

0.8

6.2

75

Bridgewater Township

45,050

0.4

7.3

76

Wanaque

11,960

0.9

5.9

77

Palisades Park

20,888

0.8

6.2

78

Marlboro Township

40,338

0.6

6.7

79

Parsippany-Troy Hills Township

52,447

0.6

6.9

80

Holmdel Township

16,621

0.2

7.8

81

Howell Township

52,672

0.7

6.7

82

Old Bridge Township

66,321

0.4

7.4

83

Roselle Park

13,698

0.4

7.6

84

Montville Township

21,396

0.2

8.1

85

Fort Lee

37,729

0.6

7.2

86

Springfield Township, Union County

17,762

0.2

8.1

87

Lyndhurst Township

22,384

0.5

7.5

88

Sayreville

45,062

1

6.7

89

Nutley Township

28,596

0.9

6.9

90

Middlesex Borough

13,704

0.8

7.3

91

Florence Township

12,748

1

7

92

Hawthorne

18,874

0.1

9.4

93

Piscataway Township

57,342

0.9

7.4

94

Metuchen

14,262

0.4

9

95

East Hanover Township

11,084

0.2

9.6

96

Ridgefield Park

13,028

1

7.6

97

North Arlington

15,868

0.3

9.3

98

Haddonfield

11,253

0.5

8.9

99

Little Ferry

10,895

0.6

8.6

100

Aberdeen Township

18,378

0.6

8.9

101

South River

16,159

1.2

7.5

102

Fair Lawn

33,413

0.6

9.1

103

Lacey Township

28,654

0.6

9

104

Berkeley Township

41,331

0.6

9.1

105

Wall Township

25,955

0.2

10.1

106

Little Falls Township

14,306

1.1

7.9

107

Lakewood Township

102,915

1.3

7.6

108

North Bergen Township

63,166

1.6

6.9

109

Bordentown Township

12,323

1.1

8

110

Tinton Falls

17,754

0.3

10.3

111

Rahway

30,113

1.1

8.1

112

Livingston Township

29,820

0.8

9.3

113

Wallington

11,676

0.4

10.3

114

Rutherford

18,617

1

8.8

115

Pompton Lakes

11,062

1.4

8

116

West Windsor Township

28,277

0.4

10.5

117

Lower Township

21,617

1.6

7.5

118

Hanover Township

14,583

0.3

11

119

Delran Township

16,579

0.5

10.6

120

Franklin Township, Somerset County

66,624

0.7

10.1

121

Little Egg Harbor Township

21,087

0.2

11.4

122

Hammonton

14,311

0.6

10.4

123

Rockaway Township

25,328

0.2

11.6

124

Medford Township

23,558

2

7.5

125

Teaneck Township

40,939

1.1

10.2

126

Beachwood

11,146

0.5

11.7

127

Evesham Township

45,354

0.7

11.2

128

Lodi

24,720

1.1

10.3

129

Highland Park

13,989

0.6

11.9

130

Hazlet Township

19,970

1.2

10.4

131

Woodland Park

12,799

0.8

11.6

132

Edgewater

12,318

1.1

11.1

133

Moorestown Township

20,510

0.6

12.2

134

Saddle Brook Township

14,037

0.1

13.7

135

Somerville

12,326

1.3

10.6

136

Dover

17,982

1.4

10.4

137

Mantua Township

14,772

0.5

12.9

138

Bound Brook

10,360

1.3

11

139

Freehold Borough

11,873

1.3

10.9

140

Brick Township

74,712

0.9

12.1

141

Edison Township

101,309

1.2

11.3

142

Guttenberg

11,602

2.4

8.5

143

Morristown

18,860

1.6

10.7

144

East Brunswick Township

48,342

0.7

13.1

145

Clark Township

16,079

0.2

14.1

146

Bloomfield

50,777

1

12.7

147

Montclair

38,893

1

12.9

148

Washington Township, Gloucester County

47,024

1.4

11.8

149

Bellmawr

11,312

0.7

14

150

Toms River Township

92,191

0.6

14.3

151

Burlington Township

22,857

1.5

12

152

Bayonne

66,824

1.7

11.6

153

Freehold Township

34,896

1.2

12.9

154

Monroe Township, Gloucester County

36,498

1.3

12.7

155

Franklin Township, Gloucester County

16,225

0.6

14.5

156

Galloway Township

36,467

2

10.9

157

Fairview

14,428

2.4

10

158

West Deptford Township

20,889

0.9

13.9

159

Voorhees Township

29,071

1.4

12.9

160

West New York

54,095

2.6

10.5

161

Carteret

23,921

1.9

12.3

162

Englewood

28,988

2.9

9.7

163

Winslow Township

38,382

1.7

13.3

164

West Orange

48,071

1.9

12.8

165

Red Bank

12,128

1.7

13.4

166

Weehawken Township

15,567

1.5

14.3

167

Gloucester Township

63,198

1.2

15

168

Roselle

21,787

2.1

12.9

169

Union Township

58,861

0.8

16.2

170

Woodbridge Township

100,884

1.1

15.4

171

Maplewood Township

24,635

0.9

16

172

Kearny

42,339

0.9

16

173

East Rutherford

9,941

1.4

14.9

174

Clifton

85,732

1.1

15.8

175

South Plainfield

24,238

0.9

16.4

176

Mount Laurel Township

41,629

1.2

16

177

Millburn Township

20,250

0.4

18.2

178

Cinnaminson Township

16,630

0.8

17.2

179

North Brunswick Township

42,205

1.3

16.2

180

Lumberton Township

12,253

0.8

17.3

181

North Plainfield

21,834

1.8

15.5

182

Pennsville Township

12,378

0.5

19.1

183

Haddon Township

14,500

1.3

17

184

Lawrence Township, Mercer County

32,644

0.9

18.3

185

South Orange Village

16,880

1.3

17.4

186

Belleville

36,075

1.7

16.3

187

Hackensack

44,926

2.6

14.4

188

Elmwood Park

20,277

1.6

16.9

189

Hoboken

55,096

2.2

15.6

190

Wayne Township

54,340

1.2

18.1

191

Glassboro

19,938

1.9

16.4

192

Maple Shade Township

18,772

2

16.2

193

Pine Hill

10,431

2.4

15.5

194

Perth Amboy

52,347

3.2

13.8

195

Hamilton Township, Mercer County

87,889

1.3

19.3

196

Totowa

10,666

1.1

20.5

197

Ocean Township, Monmouth County

26,947

0.7

21.7

198

Willingboro Township

32,124

3.5

14.8

199

Ewing Township

36,142

1.9

19

200

Union City

69,950

3.3

15.4

201

Garfield

32,203

2.5

18.2

202

Egg Harbor Township

43,276

1.4

20.8

203

Keansburg

9,766

3.4

16.4

204

Manville

10,308

1.7

20.8

205

Collingswood

13,843

2.2

20.2

206

Plainfield

50,820

3.8

16.1

207

Pleasantville

20,799

4.4

14.7

208

Harrison

18,058

2.3

20.7

209

Ocean City

11,138

0.4

25.4

210

Somers Point

10,436

1.3

23.6

211

East Orange

64,625

5.2

14

212

Phillipsburg

14,395

3.1

20.5

213

Pemberton Township

27,212

3.3

20.1

214

Middle Township

18,358

2.8

21.5

215

Eatontown

12,364

2.4

22.4

216

Hillside Township

22,078

1.9

24.5

217

Jersey City

270,175

4.6

17.7

218

Secaucus

20,482

1.5

25.7

219

Ventnor City

10,182

1.7

25.4

220

Long Branch

30,750

4

20.8

221

Burlington City

9,817

3.8

21.5

222

Gloucester City

11,167

3

24.1

223

Cherry Hill Township

70,578

1.3

28.7

224

Pennsauken Township

35,420

2.9

25.7

225

Passaic

70,435

5.8

18.4

226

Linden

42,806

2.9

26.3

227

New Brunswick

56,577

5.5

21.4

228

Hamilton Township, Atlantic County

26,380

2.2

32.5

229

Newark

282,258

7.3

20.1

230

Irvington

54,220

6.5

23.6

231

Neptune Township

27,825

3.8

30.6

232

Paramus

26,744

0.9

39.9

233

Deptford Township

30,137

1.6

38.3

234

Lindenwold

17,204

6.5

26.4

235

Paterson

146,893

7.3

24.3

236

Orange City

30,449

7.4

25.4

237

Vineland

60,330

4.3

33.5

238

Elizabeth

129,080

6.9

31

239

Atlantic City

38,271

7.2

30.9

240

Bridgeton

24,386

8.3

29.5

241

Millville

27,837

4.6

43.7

242

Trenton

83,753

11.6

29.5

243

Asbury Park

15,717

11.1

41.5

244

Camden County Police Department

73,140

16.4

30.3

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Sources:

FBI Uniform Crime Reporting, “2018 Crime in the United States
SafeWise, “2020 State of Safety
US Census Bureau, “American Fact Finder
US Census Bureau, “Quick Facts Morris Township, Morris County, New Jersey
BestPlaces, “Find a Place Search Tool

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