New Jersey had 30 municipalities among the nation’s 100 safest — more than any other state — as measured in a study conducted by SafeWise, a web-based group that offers consumers recommendations on home-security solutions.
The study, based on FBI data for 2017, compared violent crime rates for communities with populations in excess of 15,000. Statistics for aggravated assault, murder, rape, and robbery were counted; a total of 504 such offenses were listed among all 100 of the cities identified by SafeWise.
Led by Bernards Township, which came in at number five, New Jersey had four communities in the top 10 nationwide, including Denville (which ranked eighth), Pequannock Township (ninth) and Bergenfield (10th). Rounding out the Garden State communities in the study’s top 25 were Monroe Township, Westfield, Hawthorne, Milford, Cranford Township, Readington Township, and Morris Township.
According to the study, which excluded any community that did not submit a report to the FBI for 2017, more than 90 percent of the communities identified across the country had fewer than 10 total violent crimes, and only six reported any counts of murder. All had populations of under 100,000, and most had a median income over $100,000.