Overall, New Jersey is a pretty safe state. We’re always ranked as one of the safest states in the country. In fact, statistics show that we are the fourth safest state in the country, following Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire. That’s the good news. Now for the bad.

Lots of cities still have lots of crimes. The FBI has compiled a lot that makes the top ten most dangerous cities. According to onlyinyourstate.com, the list ranks the cities according to the number of violent crimes, not necessarily petty or property crimes. You know, the stuff that really makes a place dangerous.

The cities are ranked using a ratio based on the number of violent crimes per 1,000 residents in 2019. When presented this way, some of the results are very surprising.

CITY/ number of violent crimes per 1,000 residents:

  1. Teterboro 14.71
  2. Trenton 11.62
  3. Asbury Park 11.07
  4. Salem 9.10
  5. Seaside Heights 9.05
  6. Brooklawn 8.40
  7. Bridgeton 8:32
  8. Wildwood 7.94
  9. Orange 7.42
  10. Newark 7.33

Correction: The OnlyInYourState list omitted Camden, stating that it did not report its statistics to the FBI. That claim was repeated in an earlier version of this article. A  Patch.com report on which OnlyInYourState list was based lists a Camden County Police Department's report of its violent crimes, though the number listed differs from figures provided directly to New Jersey 101.5 in the time since this article was published.

According to a Uniform Crime Report statistical overview provided by Camden County, Camden City averaged 16.06 violent crimes per 1,000 residents in 2018.

per 1,000 residents at 3.55.


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