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The 50 Safest Cities in New Jersey—2017

The Garden State isn’t messing around when it comes to cracking down on crime and keeping residents safe. Since November 2016, the state has captured 150 violent offenders, thanks to the statewide Violent Crime Initiative. The program was so successful that Attorney General Christopher Porrino recently announced another new directive designed to thwart victim and witness intimidation. The fifty cities we’ve recognized this year are shining examples of New Jersey’s commitment to safe streets for all citizens.

Overall, New Jersey is below the national average for property crime, claiming the third-lowest property crime rate in the country. Of the cities on our list, 84% reported fewer than twenty-five burglaries, and a full thirty-six of them reported fewer than 100 total property crimes to the FBI in 2015.

Violent crime is just as rare in these New Jersey safe cities: 88% experienced fewer than ten total violent crimes, 92% cited zero counts of murder during the reporting period, and no city reported more than five robberies. In fact, your chance of falling victim to violent crime in all but one of the cities on our list is less than one in 1,000.

You’re already pretty lucky if you get to call the great state of New Jersey home, but you can help make your state—and hometown—even safer. Forty-three of the cities recognized this year appear for the second time in a row among New Jersey’s fifty safest cities, and we believe that’s largely due to strong community programs and citizen awareness of crime prevention strategies. See where your city landed this year and brush up on your security knowledge by keeping our New Jersey Safety Directory close at hand.

How We Chose the Safest Cities in New Jersey

To identify the safest cities in New Jersey, we reviewed the most recent FBI Crime Report statistics from 2015, along with population data. We eliminated all cities with fewer than 10,000 residents as well as any cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI.

From there, we evaluated the remaining cities. We narrowed it down based on the number of reported violent crimes (aggravated assault, murder, rape, and robbery) and property crimes (burglary, arson, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft) in each city. To further level the playing field, we calculated the likelihood of these crimes occurring out of 1,000 people in each city.

Learn more about how we rank our Safest Cities reports.

1. Washington Township, Morris County

Previous Rank: 1

Violent Crime per 1,000: 0.11
Property Crime per 1,000: 1.76

2. River Vale Township

Previous Rank: Not ranked

Violent Crime per 1,000: 0.00
Property Crime per 1,000: 2.48

3. Bernards Township 

Previous Rank: 23

Violent Crime per 1,000: 0.11
Property Crime per 1,000: 3.27

4. Kinnelon 

Previous Rank: 27

Violent Crime per 1,000: 0.10
Property Crime per 1,000: 3.36

5. Clinton Township 

Previous Rank: 8

Violent Crime per 1,000: 0.31
Property Crime per 1,000: 3.21

6. Hillsdale 

Previous Rank: 3

Violent Crime per 1,000: 0.10
Property Crime per 1,000: 3.52

7. Chatham Township 

Previous Rank: 2

Violent Crime per 1,000: 0.09
Property Crime per 1,000: 3.75

8. Colts Neck Township ↑

Previous Rank: 32

Violent Crime per 1,000: 0.20
Property Crime per 1,000: 3.68

9. Warren Township 

Previous Rank: 12

Violent Crime per 1,000: 0.19
Property Crime per 1,000: 3.73

10. Monroe Township, Middlesex County 

Previous Rank: 18

Violent Crime per 1,000: 0.07
Property Crime per 1,000: 3.85

11. Sparta Township 

Previous Rank: 5

Violent Crime per 1,000: 0.26
Property Crime per 1,000: 3.85

12. Ridgefield 

Previous Rank: 9

Violent Crime per 1,000: 0.26
Property Crime per 1,000: 3.88

13. Woolwich Township 

Previous Rank: 10

Violent Crime per 1,000: 0.41
Property Crime per 1,000: 3.78

14. Mahwah Township 

Previous Rank: 13

Violent Crime per 1,000: 0.19
Property Crime per 1,000: 4.10

15. New Milford 

Previous Rank: 11

Violent Crime per 1,000: 0.18
Property Crime per 1,000: 4.12

16. Berkeley Heights Township

Previous Rank: Not ranked

Violent Crime per 1,000: 0.00
Property Crime per 1,000: 4.34

17. Madison 

Previous Rank: 54

Violent Crime per 1,000: 0.25
Property Crime per 1,000: 4.14

18. New Providence

Previous Rank: Not ranked

Violent Crime per 1,000: 0.00
Property Crime per 1,000: 4.50

19. Wyckoff Township

Previous Rank: 19

Violent Crime per 1,000: 0.18
Property Crime per 1,000: 4.33

20. Montgomery Township 

Previous Rank: 21

Violent Crime per 1,000: 0.26
Property Crime per 1,000: 4.38

21. Bergenfield 

Previous Rank: 6

Violent Crime per 1,000: 0.25
Property Crime per 1,000: 4.47

22. Ringwood

Previous Rank: 22

Violent Crime per 1,000: 0.40
Property Crime per 1,000: 4.36

23. Randolph Township 

Previous Rank: 42

Violent Crime per 1,000: 0.19
Property Crime per 1,000: 4.61

24. Branchburg Township ↓

Previous Rank: 7

Violent Crime per 1,000: 0.14
Property Crime per 1,000: 4.67

25. Dumont 

Previous Rank: 15

Violent Crime per 1,000: 0.17
Property Crime per 1,000: 4.80

26. Raritan Township 

Previous Rank: 45

Violent Crime per 1,000: 0.54
Property Crime per 1,000: 4.49

27. Franklin Lakes 

Previous Rank: 35

Violent Crime per 1,000: 0.09
Property Crime per 1,000: 5.06

28. Glen Rock

Previous Rank: 28

Violent Crime per 1,000: 0.17
Property Crime per 1,000: 5.02

29. Oakland 

Previous Rank: 99

Violent Crime per 1,000: 0.23
Property Crime per 1,000: 4.96

30. Waterford Township 

Previous Rank: 57

Violent Crime per 1,000: 0.47
Property Crime per 1,000: 4.84

31. Palisades Park 

Previous Rank: 30

Violent Crime per 1,000: 1.02
Property Crime per 1,000: 4.36

32. Denville Township 

Previous Rank: 38

Violent Crime per 1,000: 0.30
Property Crime per 1,000: 5.22

33. Hasbrouck Heights 

Previous Rank: 20

Violent Crime per 1,000: 0.33
Property Crime per 1,000: 5.25

34. Hillsborough Township 

Previous Rank: 25

Violent Crime per 1,000: 0.20
Property Crime per 1,000: 5.40

35. Morris Township ↑

Previous Rank: 41

Violent Crime per 1,000: 0.27
Property Crime per 1,000: 5.40

36. Hopatcong

Previous Rank: 36

Violent Crime per 1,000: 0.48
Property Crime per 1,000: 5.42

37. Plainsboro Township 

Previous Rank: 24

Violent Crime per 1,000: 0.26
Property Crime per 1,000: 5.70

38. River Edge 

Previous Rank: 31

Violent Crime per 1,000: 0.26
Property Crime per 1,000: 5.77

39. Hopewell Township 

Previous Rank: 26

Violent Crime per 1,000: 0.16
Property Crime per 1,000: 5.93

40. Tenafly 

Previous Rank: 34

Violent Crime per 1,000: 0.13
Property Crime per 1,000: 6.05

41. Marlboro Township 

Previous Rank: 37

Violent Crime per 1,000: 0.46
Property Crime per 1,000: 5.78

42. Fort Lee 

Previous Rank: 48

Violent Crime per 1,000: 0.75
Property Crime per 1,000: 5.88

43. Florence Township 

Previous Rank: 16

Violent Crime per 1,000: 0.89
Property Crime per 1,000: 5.80

44. Jefferson Township 

Previous Rank: 55

Violent Crime per 1,000: 0.60
Property Crime per 1,000: 6.09

45. Verona ↓

Previous Rank: 14

Violent Crime per 1,000: 0.15
Property Crime per 1,000: 6.75

46. Wanaque

Previous Rank: 46

Violent Crime per 1,000: 0.69
Property Crime per 1,000: 6.34

47. Westwood 

Previous Rank: 4

Violent Crime per 1,000: 0.45
Property Crime per 1,000: 6.62

48. Cranford Township 

Previous Rank: 47

Violent Crime per 1,000: 0.17
Property Crime per 1,000: 6.90

49. Lincoln Park ↓

Previous Rank: 43

Violent Crime per 1,000: 0.38
Property Crime per 1,000: 6.78

50. Readington Township 

Previous Rank: 49

Violent Crime per 1,000: 0.25
Property Crime per 1,000: 7.05

Didn’t see your city rank in the top 50?

Check the remaining cities below, and take a look at the most recent FBI crime data here.

51. Florham Park 52. Hawthorne 53. West Caldwell Township
54. Hammonton 55. Mount Olive Township 56. Montville Township
57. Manalapan Township 58. Medford Township 59. Middletown Township
60. Parsippany-Troy Hills Township 61. Pequannock Township 62. Summit
63. Barnegat Township 64. Ridgewood 65. Manchester Township
66. Stafford Township 67. Scotch Plains Township 68. Holmdel Township
69. Roselle Park 70. Westfield 71. Jackson Township
72. Cliffside Park 73. Cedar Grove Township 74. Princeton
75. West Milford Township 76. East Greenwich Township 77. Robbinsville Township
78. Ramsey 79. Middlesex 80. East Windsor Township
81. Little Ferry 82. Bordentown Township 83. Bridgewater Township
84. Nutley Township 85. South Brunswick Township 86. Piscataway Township
87. Clark Township 88. Fairview 89. Highland Park
90. Howell Township 91. Springfield 92. Livingston Township
93. Sayreville 94. Harrison Township 95. South River
96. Aberdeen Township 97. Wall Township 98. Pompton Lakes
99. Roxbury Township 100. Point Pleasant

How safe is your home?

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.

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

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