New Jersey may have a reputation as a dangerous place — at least to those who took “The Sopranos” as gospel — but that’s a bum rap. Twenty-seven of the safest cities in the country are in the Garden State, according to the 2017 report, “The 100 Safest Cities in America,” from SafeWise, the home security website. (All entries on the list have a population of 10,000 or more.)
In fact, New Jersey has more cities on the list than any other state, starting with Washington Township in Morris County, which is at the No. 5 spot. River Vale Township is in eighth place, followed by Bernards Township (21), Kinnelon (27), Clinton Township (33), and Hillsdale (36). Franklin Lakes rounds out the New Jersey contingent at 100.
The entire list of 100 cities is available online.
To compile the report, SafeWise analysts worked with the most recent complete FBI crime data from 2015.