New Jersey had six cities with a crime rate above the national average in 2009, according to CQ Press’s annual rankings of crime in cities.
Camden, which was ranked number one in the country in 2008, dropped to second in the most recent rankings, behind St. Louis, MO. Other NJ cities ranked among the 235 with crime rates above the national average were Newark (23), Trenton (26), Elizabeth (71), Paterson (98) and Jersey City (134.) Pennsylvania had five cities above the national average: Philadelphia (30), Reading (41), Allentown (70), Pittsburgh (98) and Erie (192). New York and Connecticut each had four cities in the rankings: Buffalo (17), Rochester (61), Syracuse (74) and Albany (84) for New York; New Haven (18), Hartford (19), Bridgeport (60) and Waterbury (233) for Connecticut.
To put these findings in a national perspective, three other states stand out for the large number of cities that made the rankings. Florida, led by St. Petersburg (31), had 18 cities on the list. Texas, led by Houston (45), had 22 cities. And California, with Oakland in the fifth spot, had a whopping 46 cities ranked above the national average.