New Jersey’s 50 Safest Cities of 2021

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

Here are the 10 safest cities in New Jersey for 2021

1. River Vale Township
2. Sparta Township
3. Chatham Township
4. Kinnelon
5. New Providence
6. Warren Township
7. Clinton Township
8. Bernards Township
9. Monroe Township, Middlesex County
10. Wanaque

See if your city made the full list.

In our 2021 State of Safety survey, 58% of residents in New Jersey expressed daily levels of high concern for their safety, which is a big jump over last year, when just 44% of respondents had similar concerns. By comparison, less than half of Americans (47%) reported similar levels of concern.

Survey participants in New Jersey reported having twice as many personal experiences with violent crime this year compared to last year—experience with gun violence nearly doubled as well.

Worry about safety jumped 32% year over year in The Garden State, with nearly 6 in 10 expressing high concern daily.

Still, The Garden State is close to the national average and even saw some improvements like fewer experiences with property crime and a lower property crime rate. All of New Jersey's 50 safest cities reported crime rates well below the state and national average.

2021 New Jersey crime rates

New Jersey's violent crime rate made an almost imperceptible improvement compared to last year—while the overall rate stayed at 2.1 incidents per 1,000 people, there were 162 fewer violent crimes. The state also saw fewer property crimes with the property crime rate dropping from 14.0 per 1,000 people to 13.4.

In the Mid-Atlantic region, New Jersey bested the regional average and had the lowest violent crime rate ahead of Pennsylvania (3.1). It also had the lowest property crime rate ahead of New York (13.7).

New Jersey's crime rates are also lower than the national average. Among all 50 states, New Jersey had the fifth-lowest rate for both violent crime and property crime.

Level of concern and experience with crime in New Jersey

Compared to last year, 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. 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 levels from two years ago.

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.

View the complete 2021 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, respondents reported more experiences with 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 last 12 months—up from 6% last year.
  • Murder is the least common violent crime in The Garden State, making up 1% of violent crimes (US 1%)—the state's 20 safest cities averaged 0.7%.
  • Rape makes up 8% of violent crimes in New Jersey (US 8%) but the 50 safest cities have a higher number of instances at 15%.
  • 35% of survey participants report using some form of personal protection like pepper spray—slightly higher than the US average (34%).
  • 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 police and 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 last 12 months, a near-doubling from 5% last year.
  • There were 11 mass shootings in New Jersey in 2019 and 12 in 2020.
  • 49% of New Jerseyans worry about police violence daily—higher than the US average of 40%—the state ranks seventh nationally for its worry.
  • Despite concerns over police violence, 59% of New Jersey residents reported having confidence in law enforcement—close to the US average of 56%.
  • There were 16 officer-involved shootings in 2020, a 48% decrease from 31 in 2019.

Property crime in New Jersey: Fear vs. reality

People in New Jersey reported less personal experience with property crime this year, 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 year compared to last year (15%).
  • Burglary accounts for 14% of all property crimes in The Garden State (the 50 safest cities average 15%), 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. This is below the 62% national average.
  • The top form of property protection in New Jersey this year 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—this is higher than the US average of 29%.

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.

  • River Vale Township is the top city for the second year in a row.
  • 80% of the top cities from last year stayed in the top 50 this year with 27 increasing in rank year over year.
  • Wanaque had the biggest jump in ranking from last year—it moved up 66 spots from 76 to 10.
  • 98% of the safest cities have a population over 10,000—only Kinnelon (population 9,984) was smaller.
  • Mount Olive Township had the biggest drop among cities that remained in the top 50 from last year. It moved down 30 spots from 4 to 34.
  • Last year, 10 of the 50 safest cities reported 0 violent crimes—this year, 6 cities had 0 violent crimes—River Vale Township, Chatham Township, New Providence, Warren Township, Bernards Township, and Glen Rock.
  • Unusually, 3 cities outside of the top 50 had zero reports of violent crime—Westwood (57), Hawthorne (66), and East Greenwich Township (90).
  • Chatham Township and New Providence have had no reports of violent crimes in the last 3 years. Glen Rock hasn't reported a violent crime in 2 years.
  • There were 2 murders and 40 rapes reported among the 50 safest cities, which is unusually low for a state with 50 qualifying cities, let alone 49 with populations above 10,000 people.
  • New Jersey's top 75 safest cities have violent crime rates under 1.0 per 1,000 people.
  • Each of the top 50 cities reported fewer than 20 violent crime incidents this year while 82% reported less than 10 violent crimes.
  • Sparta Township had the lowest property crime rate in the state this year (1.7).
  • 82% of the safest cities reported fewer than 100 total property crimes this year—River Vale Township tallied the fewest incidents at 20.

The 50 Safest Cities in New Jersey

River Vale Township, Ney Jersey
#1
River Vale Township
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    10,063
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $131,764
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.0, 0.1, 0.1
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    2.0, 2.4, 1.5
Sparta Township, New Jersey
#2
Sparta Township
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+7
Up
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    18,532
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $126,090
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.2, 0.3, 0.5
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    1.7, 2.9, 3.5
Chatham Township, New Jersey
#3
Chatham Township
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+3
Up
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    10,219
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $135,497
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.0, 0.0, 0.0
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    2.3, 3.2, 3.7
Kinnelon, New Jersey
#4
Kinnelon
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-2
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    9,984
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $125,000
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.1, 0.1, 0.5
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    2.2, 2.5, 3.4
New Providence, New Jersey
#5
New Providence
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+21
Up
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    13,592
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $139,071
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.0, 0.0, 0.0
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    2.6, 4.9, 4.5
Warren Township, New Jersey
#6
Warren Township
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+5
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    15,772
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $144,233
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.0, 0.2, 0.2
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    2.7, 3.3, 2.6
Clinton Township, New Jersey
#7
Clinton Township
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+10
Up
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    12,801
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $101,923
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.2, 0.1, 0.1
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    2.6, 3.9, 5.6
Bernards Township, New Jersey
#8
Bernards Township
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-1
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    27,228
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $126,667
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.0, 0.1, 0.0
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    3.0, 3.2, 4.3
#9
Monroe Township, Middlesex County
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NEW
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    45,342
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $70,772
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.4, 0.1, 0.1
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    2.6, 3.5, 3.4
Wanaque, New Jersey
#10
Wanaque
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+66
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    11,772
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $85,373
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.3, 0.9, 0.5
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    2.9, 5.9, 6.7
Robbinsville Township, New Jersey
#11
Robbinsville Township
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+8
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    14,635
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $114,593
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.1, 0.1, 0.1
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    3.5, 4.0, 5.7
Verona, New Jersey
#12
Verona
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+38
Up
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    13,355
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $100,503
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.1, 0.0, 0.3
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    3.7, 6.6, 5.6
Raritan Township, New Jersey
#13
Raritan Township
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+11
Up
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    22,220
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $113,214
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.4, 0.2, 0.2
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    2.9, 4.3, 4.2
Dumont, New Jersey
#14
Dumont
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-6
Down
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    17,649
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $91,811
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.3, 0.3, 0.2
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    3.1, 2.7, 4.9
New Milford, New Jersey
#15
New Milford
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-2
Down
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    16,506
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $75,071
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.1, 0.3, 0.1
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    3.9, 3.1, 4.4
Vernon Township, New Jersey
#16
Vernon Township
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+7
Up
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    21,912
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $87,707
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.1, 0.0, 0.4
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    3.7, 4.5, 8.6
Bergenfield, New Jersey
#17
Bergenfield
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-14
Down
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    27,432
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $80,365
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.5, 0.0, 0.1
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    2.7, 2.7, 3.7
#18
Hopatcong
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-2
Down
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    14,091
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $85,357
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.6, 0.4, 0.8
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    2.8, 3.0, 5.0
Madison, New Jersey
#19
Madison
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+13
Up
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    16,533
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $109,737
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.1, 0.2, 0.2
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    4.2, 4.8, 4.1
Harrison Township, New Jersey
#20
Harrison Township
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+17
Up
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    13,125
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $127,875
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.1, 0.2, 0.5
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    4.3, 5.2, 7.8
Woolwich Township, New Jersey
#21
Woolwich Township
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-7
Down
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    13,075
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $117,571
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.2, 0.0, 0.3
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    4.1, 4.0, 5.2
Ringwood, New Jersey
#22
Ringwood
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+6
Up
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    12,165
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $106,880
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.4, 0.5, 0.2
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    3.5, 3.9, 3.0
Randolph Township, New Jersey
#23
Randolph Township
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+8
Up
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    25,490
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $117,560
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.3, 0.1, 0.2
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    3.9, 5.0, 4.5
Jefferson Township, New Jersey
#24
Jefferson Township
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-3
Down
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    20,877
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $96,298
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.5, 0.2, 0.3
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    3.4, 4.0, 4.3
Roxbury Township, New Jersey
#25
Roxbury Township
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+13
Up
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    22,755
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $104,453
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.1, 0.0, 0.2
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    4.4, 5.5, 10.1
Hillsdale, New Jersey
#26
Hillsdale
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-4
Down
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    10,382
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $113,077
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.2, 0.3, 0.0
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    4.3, 3.9, 3.3
Denville Township, New Jersey
#27
Denville Township
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+12
Up
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    16,590
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $105,135
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.4, 0.1, 0.1
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    3.9, 5.4, 5.2
Lincoln Park, New Jersey
#28
Lincoln Park
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+13
Up
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    10,162
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $81,661
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.2, 0.0, 0.4
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    4.5, 5.8, 6.9
Glen Rock, New Jersey
#29
Glen Rock
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-11
Down
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    11,803
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $154,615
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.0, 0.0, 0.2
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    5.1, 4.1, 7.7
Berkeley Heights Township, New Jersey
#30
Berkeley Heights Township
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-1
Down
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    13,592
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $139,500
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.3, 0.3, 0.2
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    4.3, 4.4, 5.3
Westfield, New Jersey
#31
Westfield
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+35
Up
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    29,688
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $168,721
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.1, 0.1, 0.1
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    4.7, 7.2, 8.4
Oakland, New Jersey
#32
Oakland
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-5
Down
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    12,992
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $117,596
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.4, 0.5, 0.6
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    4.1, 3.7, 6.0
Hopewell Township, New Jersey
#33
Hopewell Township
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-0-
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    17,854
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $144,539
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.4, 0.4, 0.4
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    4.1, 4.2, 5.3
Mount Olive Township, New Jersey
#34
Mount Olive Township
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-30
Down
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    29,025
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $88,467
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.5, 0.2, 0.3
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    3.9, 2.7, 5.6
Mahwah Township, New Jersey
#35
Mahwah Township
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-20
Down
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    26,317
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $102,168
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.3, 0.1, 0.3
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    4.4, 3.7, 5.5
Middlesex Borough, New Jersey
#36
Middlesex Borough
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+54
Up
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    13,659
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $71,061
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.4, 0.8, 0.6
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    4.0, 7.3, 9.5
Montgomery Township, New Jersey
#37
Montgomery Township
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-12
Down
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    23,364
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $154,375
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.2, 0.3, 0.3
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    4.8, 4.1, 4.3
Morris Township, New Jersey
#38
Morris Township
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+4
Up
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    22,080
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    Not available
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.4, 0.3, 0.1
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    4.3, 5.4, 4.5
West Caldwell, New Jersey
#39
West Caldwell Township
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+15
Up
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    10,840
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $101,083
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.2, 0.2, 0.7
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    5.0, 6.2, 6.0
Wyckoff Township, New Jersey
#40
Wyckoff Township
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-0-
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    17,030
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $141,964
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.3, 0.3, 0.5
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    4.8, 4.9, 6.2
Hillsborough Township, New Jersey
#41
Hillsborough Township
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+16
Up
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    39,813
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $115,200
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.3, 0.4, 0.2
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    4.8, 6.0, 6.3
Readington Township, New Jersey
#42
Readington Township
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-8
Down
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    15,805
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $121,210
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.7, 0.1, 0.1
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    3.9, 5.1, 5.0
#43
Cedar Grove Township
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+24
Up
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    12,508
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $103,384
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.5, 0.3, 0.3
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    4.5, 6.8, 7.4
#44
Cliffside Park
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+19
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    26,115
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $56,171
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.7, 0.6, 0.9
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    3.9, 6.0, 7.2
Ridgefield, New Jersey
#45
Ridgefield
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+7
Up
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    11,240
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $69,466
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.5, 0.3, 0.2
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    4.4, 6.0, 6.4
Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey
#46
Hasbrouck Heights
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-26
Down
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    12,049
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $87,705
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.2, 0.1, 0.2
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    5.2, 4.2, 5.0
Waldwick, New Jersey
#47
Waldwick
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-17
Down
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    10,240
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $106,750
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.2, 0.2, 0.3
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    5.6, 4.7, 6.3
Pequannock Township, New Jersey
#48
Pequannock Township
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+3
Up
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    15,045
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $89,435
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.5, 0.2, 0.1
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    4.9, 6.1, 6.2
#49
Washington Township, Morris County
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NEW
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    18,296
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $125,149
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.7, 0.4, 0.2
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    4.4, 2.7, 2.2
#50
West Milford Township
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+6
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    26,287
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $96,773
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.5, 0.4, 0.9
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    4.8, 5.9, 7.6

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2021 Rank
City
Population
VC per 1,000Icon Tooltip  Dark
PC per 1,000Icon Tooltip  Dark
51Tenafly14.59K0.16.1
52Middletown Township65.36K0.35.4
53Branchburg Township14.55K0.35.7
54South Brunswick Township46.04K0.45.5
55Summit21.98K0.16.2
56Franklin Lakes11.11K0.55.3
57Westwood11.13K0.06.7
58Barnegat Township23.40K0.55.3
59River Edge11.50K0.26.3
60Manalapan Township39.66K0.55.7
61Colts Neck Township9.85K0.45.9
62Ridgewood25.19K0.55.7
63Manchester Township43.37K0.36.4
64Palisades Park20.88K0.85.1
65Pompton Lakes10.95K0.75.3
66Hawthorne18.70K0.07.4
67Marlboro Township39.85K0.26.9
68Parsippany-Troy Hills Township51.91K0.46.3
69Plainsboro Township22.98K0.46.6
70Fair Lawn33.06K0.27.1
71Medford Township23.39K0.85.7
72Jackson Township57.38K0.46.8
73Springfield Township, Union County17.66K0.27.6
74Bordentown Township12.02K0.95.5
75Lyndhurst Township22.74K0.66.6
76Rahway30.07K1.15.2
77Waterford Township10.66K1.15.1
78Beachwood11.28K0.47.0
79Scotch Plains Township24.38K0.66.6
80East Windsor Township27.34K0.66.7
81Princeton31.61K0.37.5
82Point Pleasant18.68K0.86.2
83Nutley Township28.38K1.05.8
84Montville Township21.21K0.28.1
85Cranford Township24.25K0.28.3
86Howell Township52.24K0.67.2
87Old Bridge Township65.66K0.67.3
88Sayreville44.58K0.87.0
89Wall Township25.65K0.96.9
90East Greenwich Township10.66K0.09.7
91Florham Park11.52K0.19.6
92Little Falls Township14.51K1.46.1
93Little Ferry10.79K0.87.7
94Piscataway Township56.78K0.87.8
95Bridgewater Township44.61K0.29.8
96Florence Township12.59K1.36.4
97Roselle Park13.63K0.19.9
98Fort Lee38.06K0.78.5
99Rockaway Township25.76K0.59.0
100North Bergen Township61.45K1.56.6
101Aberdeen Township18.70K0.88.8
102Ridgefield Park12.98K0.59.6
103Ramsey14.98K0.210.7
104Lacey Township29.25K0.99.1
105Rutherford18.42K0.79.8
106Stafford Township27.61K1.28.4
107Hanover Township14.45K0.89.4
108Franklin Township, Somerset County66.17K0.99.4
109Little Egg Harbor Township21.51K0.89.6
110West Windsor Township28.03K0.411.1
111Berkeley Township41.74K1.19.2
112East Hanover Township10.99K0.311.5
113Livingston Township30.0K0.211.8
114Moorestown Township20.31K0.99.8
115Lower Township21.33K1.97.0
116South River15.95K2.26.4
117East Brunswick Township47.86K0.611.1
118Teaneck Township40.53K1.49.0
119Franklin Township, Gloucester County16.26K0.910.4
120Guttenberg11.29K2.46.3
121Bloomfield50.31K0.611.3
122Lakewood Township105.40K1.49.2
123Evesham Township45.0K0.611.3
124Haddonfield11.26K0.412.0
125Hammonton14.0K1.88.2
126Edgewater12.82K0.312.5
127North Arlington15.71K1.210.1
128Monroe Township, Gloucester County36.88K0.711.5
129Red Bank12.02K1.110.5
130Metuchen14.42K0.811.4
131Brick Township75.59K1.110.6
132West Deptford Township20.90K0.811.7
133Somerville12.20K0.911.3
134East Rutherford9.83K0.412.9
135Delran Township16.47K0.512.9
136Hazlet Township19.74K1.610.1
137Holmdel Township16.65K1.011.7
138Wallington11.57K0.812.4
139Morristown19.15K2.18.9
140Mantua Township14.78K0.214.3
141Voorhees Township29.10K1.012.1
142Bellmawr11.29K1.211.8
143Carteret23.65K1.411.2
144Dover17.85K2.28.8
145Galloway Township35.81K1.710.2
146Tinton Falls17.51K0.513.9
147Lodi24.49K1.411.1
148Bound Brook10.26K1.610.9
149Toms River Township93.84K0.813.3
150Burlington Township22.52K1.411.6
151Fairview14.29K1.910.6
152Edison Township100.28K0.813.7
153Saddle Brook Township13.90K0.115.8
154Freehold Borough11.73K1.911.0
155Woodland Park12.66K1.113.2
156Clark Township16.02K0.914.0
157Montclair38.63K1.512.3
158Hoboken53.64K1.512.4
159Gloucester Township63.50K1.013.9
160Freehold Township34.56K1.014.1
161Bayonne65.03K2.210.8
162Elmwood Park20.10K1.213.6
163Woodbridge Township100.13K1.114.1
164Union Township58.74K0.715.5
165Winslow Township38.39K1.712.8
166Clifton85.02K1.115.0
167Washington Township, Gloucester County47.13K1.513.8
168Wayne Township53.28K0.616.8
169Mount Laurel Township41.11K1.414.5
170Ewing Township36.34K1.714.0
171North Brunswick Township41.71K1.514.5
172South Orange Village16.74K0.816.7
173Englewood28.68K2.512.0
174Highland Park13.79K1.016.1
175Lawrence Township, Mercer County32.42K1.415.2
176North Plainfield21.47K2.213.1
177Egg Harbor Township42.48K1.215.8
178Totowa10.75K1.415.4
179Weehawken Township15.12K1.515.3
180Lumberton Township12.16K1.814.3
181Glassboro20.08K1.515.1
182West Orange47.70K1.914.1
183Maplewood Township25.30K0.917.2
184Kearny41.31K1.316.0
185West New York53.15K2.413.0
186South Plainfield24.11K1.216.3
187Hackensack44.51K2.313.3
188Belleville36.53K2.113.9
189Pennsville Township12.35K1.516.0
190Perth Amboy51.82K2.813.5
191Pine Hill10.42K2.913.7
192Middle Township18.23K1.916.6
193Hamilton Township, Mercer County87.03K1.418.2
194Willingboro Township31.92K3.213.2
195Pleasantville20.39K3.213.3
196Millburn Township20.09K0.321.6
197Manville10.21K0.621.4
198Ocean Township, Monmouth County26.64K0.621.8
199Pemberton Township26.97K2.716.1
200Union City68.46K2.815.8
201Garfield31.89K1.619.4
202Roselle21.90K3.115.5
203Cinnaminson Township16.48K1.021.4
204Keansburg9.67K2.218.2
205Harrison18.37K2.618.6
206East Orange64.20K4.313.9
207Haddon Township14.49K2.319.9
208Cherry Hill Township70.72K0.824.0
209Plainfield50.58K3.815.9
210Maple Shade Township18.45K2.918.6
211Phillipsburg14.23K2.121.4
212Somers Point10.22K1.125.4
213Burlington City9.88K5.215.2
214Secaucus21.22K1.924.3
215Gloucester City11.17K1.825.2
216Eatontown12.22K2.822.4
217Long Branch30.35K3.620.6
218Ocean City10.96K0.529.5
219Collingswood13.85K1.228.4
220Passaic69.64K5.317.4
221Hillside Township22.02K2.924.2
222Pennsauken Township35.51K3.123.9
223New Brunswick56.0K4.719.8
224Irvington54.03K5.218.8
225Jersey City266.51K5.219.0
226Newark281.42K6.216.4
227Hamilton Township, Atlantic County25.67K1.930.0
228Vineland59.86K3.528.2
229Orange City30.56K6.220.8
230Woodbury9.77K2.930.6
231Linden42.59K3.728.8
232Paramus26.46K1.734.7
233Ventnor City9.97K1.536.5
234Neptune Township27.55K3.431.6
235Deptford Township30.26K1.338.8
236Paterson144.87K8.421.6
237Lindenwold17.20K7.228.6
238Elizabeth128.75K7.230.3
239Trenton83.46K11.220.9
240Millville27.53K4.740.2
241Bridgeton24.33K9.234.9
242Asbury Park15.44K11.634.0
243Atlantic City37.59K8.646.2
244Camden County Police Department73.27K15.828.7

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Sources

FBI: Uniform Crime Reporting Program, “2019 Crime in the United States,” Accessed March 15, 2021.

US Census Bureau, "Data Explorer," Accessed November 18, 2020.

Best Places, “Find a Place Search Tool,” Accessed January 6, 2021.

SafeWise, “2021 State of Safety survey,” Accessed March 15, 2021.

Gun Violence Archive, “Past Summary Ledgers,” Accessed January 6, 2021.

Gun Violence Archive, “General Methodology,” Accessed March 15, 2021.

Melody Hicks, Ben Stickle, Joshua Harms, American Journal of Criminal Justice, “Assessing the Fear of Package Theft,” January 04, 2021. Accessed March 15, 2021.

For definitions and more on data sources, see our methodology page.

John Carlsen
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John Carlsen
John is a technology journalist specializing in smart home devices, security cameras, and home security systems. He has over eight years of experience researching, testing, and reviewing the latest tech—he was the Smart Home Editor for Top Ten Reviews and wrote for ASecureLife before joining SafeWise as a Staff Writer in 2020. John holds a Bachelor's degree in Communications, Journalism emphasis from Utah Valley University. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, photography, cooking, and starting countless DIY projects he has yet to complete.