Can you guess which North Jersey city had the highest crime rate last year?

It wasn't Newark.

While Newark had the most total crimes in the region, it also has the most people. Looking at crime rate — the number of offenses for every 1,000 residents — shows that Brick City's smaller neighbors seem to be struggling with serious crimes.

Last year saw crime rise across the country, largely as a result of spikes in some major cities, according to FBI data released last month.

Crime is still at historic lows in the nation. And crime in New Jersey went down last year. State Police data also shows that crime continues to trend downward so far this year.

New Jersey 101.5 analyzed the crime data to determine the Top 20 most violent municipalities in North Jersey. We left out municipalities with less than 1,000 residents, otherwise tiny Teterboro, with 70 people and two violent crimes last year, would have been No. 1 on the list.

Scroll to the end to find a searchable list of ALL municipalities that reported crime numbers last year.

North Jersey's Top 20

For the purpose of this list, North Jersey comprises Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Morris, Passaic, Sussex, Union and Warren counties. This uses 2016 data from the FBI and the New Jersey State Police.

#20 — WEST NEW YORK

Population: 53,813
— 2.4 violent crimes per 1,000
Homicides: 2
Rape: 12
Robbery: 46
Aggravated assaults: 71

 
 

#19 — PROSPECT PARK

Population: 5,940
— 2.4 violent crimes per 1,000
Homicides: 0
Rape: 0
Robbery: 3
Aggravated assaults: 11

 
 

#18 — SOUTH ORANGE

Population: 16,332
— 2.6 violent crimes per 1,000
Homicides: 0
Rape: 1
Robbery: 31
Aggravated assaults: 11

 
 

#17 — HARRISON

Population: 15,788
— 2.6 violent crimes per 1,000
Homicides: 0
Rape: 0
Robbery: 23
Aggravated assaults: 18

 
 

#16 — GARFIELD

Population: 31,895
— 2.8 violent crimes per 1,000
Homicides: 0
Rape: 8
Robbery: 41
Aggravated assaults: 40

 
 

#15 — UNION CITY

Population: 69,345
— 3 violent crimes per 1,000
Homicides: 1
Rape: 1
Robbery: 71
Aggravated assaults: 138

 
 

#14 — LINDEN

Population: 42,100
— 3.2 violent crimes per 1,000
Homicides: 0
Rape: 19
Robbery: 39
Aggravated assaults: 78

 
 

#13 — MORRISTOWN

Population: 18,544
— 3.3 violent crimes per 1,000
Homicides: 0
Rape: 5
Robbery: 33
Aggravated assaults: 24

 
 

#12 — HALEDON

Population: 8,432
— 3.4 violent crimes per 1,000
Homicides: 0
Rape: 0
Robbery: 13
Aggravated assaults: 16

 
 

#11 — HILLSIDE

Population: 21,981
— 3.6 violent crimes per 1,000
Homicides: 1
Rape: 2
Robbery: 34
Aggravated assaults: 42

 
 

#10 — SOUTH HACKENSACK

Population: 2,469
— 4.1 violent crimes per 1,000
Homicides: 0
Rape: 1
Robbery: 3
Aggravated assaults: 6

 
 

#9 — JERSEY CITY

Population: 266,179
— 4.8 violent crimes per 1,000
Homicides: 24
Rape: 86
Robbery: 547
Aggravated assaults: 619

 
 

#8 — PASSAIC

Population: 70,972
— 5.6 violent crimes per 1,000
Homicides: 0
Rape: 5
Robbery: 178
Aggravated assaults: 215

 
 

#7 — EAST ORANGE

Population: 64,787
— 6.7 violent crimes per 1,000
Homicides: 6
Rape: 22
Robbery: 179
Aggravated assaults: 230

 
 

#6 — PLAINFIELD

Population: 51,221
— 6.8 violent crimes per 1,000
Homicides: 12
Rape: 17
Robbery: 147
Aggravated assaults: 170

 
 

#5 — PATERSON

Population: 147,265
— 7.6 violent crimes per 1,000
Homicides: 19
Rape: 56
Robbery: 551
Aggravated assaults: 500

 
 

#4 — ELIZABETH

Population: 129,096
— 8.2 violent crimes per 1,000
Homicides: 5
Rape: 33
Robbery: 528
Aggravated assaults: 488

 
 

#3 — IRVINGTON

Population: 54,430
— 9.4 violent crimes per 1,000
Homicides: 4
Rape: 25
Robbery: 284
Aggravated assaults: 196

 
 

#2 — NEWARK

Population: 281,450
— 9.4 violent crimes per 1,000
Homicides: 100
Rape: 99
Robbery: 1334
Aggravated assaults: 1,104

 
 

#1 — ORANGE

Population: 30,470
— 11.2 violent crimes per 1,000
Homicides: 11
Rape: 11
Robbery: 210
Aggravated assaults: 110

 
 

2016 violent crimes in NJ

Sergio Bichao is deputy digital editor at New Jersey 101.5. Send him news tips: Call 609-359-5348 or email sergio.bichao@townsquaremedia.com.

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