When major crimes occur within only a few blocks from your home, it can make you uneasy about where you leave. This may also leave you wondering how your city compares to others with regards to crime. Today we’re going to focus on one state in particular: New Jersey. In New Jersey, the most dangerous city on the list will likely surprise you given that it is a popular tourist destination.
Instead of relying solely on hearsay and speculation, the following list is derived from FBI crime data to quantify the 10 most dangerous places in the State of New Jersey. Typically Camden is makes the top of the list in New Jersey and is in the top five in the country. However, Camden didn’t report any crime data to the FBI in the most recent report, so they are not on the list.
Therefore the top 10 most dangerous cities in New Jersey, minus Camden, include:
As the fourth most violent city in the state and the capital of New Jersey, Trenton residents have a 1 in 75 chance of being a violent crime victim which was an 8-percent improvement between 2011 and 2013. During that same time period, property crime also declined so Trenton may not be on this list next year. Trenton boasts a population of over 84,000 residents with a violent crime ranking of 4th and property crime ranking of 27th.
Located in South Jersey, Lindenwold is in the top 10 because of bad ratings in the violent crime and property crime reports. With a population of 17,000, Lindenwold has a violent crime rank of 14 and property crime rank of 16. Luckily, things have been improving with both types of crime decreasing by 15-percent from 2011 to 2013.
Woodbury is the smallest city on the list and also the least violent. Located in South Jersey with a population of only 10,000 residents, from 2011 to 2013, violent crime increased by 55-percent resulting in residents having a 1 in 224 chance of being a violent victim. This is a rate that earns the 10 spot in the majority of states. During that same time period, Woodbury’s property crime statistics worsened by 20-percent making it the 5th worse in the State of New Jersey.
7. Neptune Township
Named as the Roman God and located in Central Jersey, Neptune Township has experienced a considerable drop of 51-percent in property crime between 2011 and 2013. This is the difference between its residents having a 1 in 15 chance of being the victim of arson or theft in 2011 and a 1 in 23 chance in 2013. Unfortunately, violent crime has not changed much. The population of Neptune Township is 27,000 which has a violent crime ranking of 18 and a property crime ranking of 7, despite the improvement.
Located about 15 miles west of Manhattan and the city with the highest population on this list, Newark experienced a decrease in property crime rates between 2011 and 2013. Unfortunately, violent crime has increase by 8-percent. Therefore, residents of Newark have a 1 in 79 chance of being a violence victim which is a fairly high number. Within the population of 278,000 residents, the violent crime ranking is 6 while the property crime rank is 15.
As one of the largest cities on this list with a population of 54,000, Irvington has a high rate of violent crime. Residents are facing a 1 in 67 chance of being the victim of violence which is a 12-percent increase from 2011. As a result of this high violent crime rate, the population has decreased by 10-percent over the past decade. Luckily, property crime has fallen by 16-percent as of the most recent data. The violent crime ranking in the State of New Jersey if 3 while the property crime rank is 18.
Located in Cumberland County, the motto of this small South Jersey town of 25,000 is “Come Celebrate.” Unfortunately the city doesn’t have much to celebrate with property and violent crime rates increasing by around 11-percent. The violent crime ranking is 5th while the property crime rank is 8th.
Of the top 5 most dangerous New Jersey cities, Millville is the least violent but worst in property crime. With a violent crime ranking of 9 but a property crime ranking of 1, the population of over 28,000 has a 1-in-12 chance of being the victim of arson or theft. From 2011 to 2013, the city experienced a property crime hike of 36-percent. Violent crime also increase by 13-percent during this same time period. The first two cities on this list are seeing some improvements while Millville is headed in the opposite direction.
2. Asbury Park
Home to Bruce Springsteen and located on the Jersey Shore, Asbury Park has a small population of around 15,000 residents but a big crime problem. The city ranked number 2 in violent crime and number 3 in property crime. Within the 1.6-square mile city, there have been no violent crime improvements over the past several years but property crime dropped a staggering 52-percent from 2011 to 2013. If the city did not see this drop, the property crime rate would be at the top of the list in New Jersey.
1. Atlantic City
To the surprise of many, Atlantic City is the most dangerous city in New Jersey. With a population of only 39,000 within the city limits, the city had a violent crime rating of 1 and a property crime rating of 2. Atlantic City is known for its boardwalks, beaches, casinos and was the inspiration for the board game Monopoly. However, it is also home to a lot of crime.
Although violet crime decreased by 8-percent and property crime dropped 19-percent from 2011 to 2013, Atlantic City still has terrible crime statistics. As of the latest data, residents and visitors face a 1-in-58 chance of being the victim of a violent crime and 1-in-16 chance of being the victim of a property crime for every total year that they spend within the Atlantic City limits.