Giving folks a chance to step aside from the everyday doom-and-gloom, a new report lists the 50 safest communities in the Garden State.

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The SafeWise Report, which includes only towns with a population of at least 15,000, used the most recent FBI crime data from 2011, and other ranking factors like unique safety initiatives, to compile the list.

Top 5:

"Of those top five, there were zero murders," said Aaron Gunderson, SafeWise.com spokesperson. "There was one forcible rape in all five communities, five total robberies, and property damage that averaged about $100 for each."

Gunderson said no community is immune to crime, but living in one of the places on the list can help reduce one's chances of becoming a victim.

"When you're in the market for a home in New Jersey, selecting the ideal neighborhood to settle in is critical to your long-term happiness," said SafeWise.com's Alexia Chianis. "That's because you're not only purchasing a house, you're investing in a community as well."