New Jersey's crime rate
There were 137,012 crimes reported in New Jersey in 2019, the most recent year crime data is available. Adjusted for population, New Jersey's crime rate is 1,543 crimes per 100,000 residents.
How does New Jersey compare?
Crime is less common in New Jersey than it is on average nationwide. By comparison, the national crime rate of 2,489 per 100,000 people is 61% higher. Of the 50 states, 45 have a higher crime rate than New Jersey.
Crime rates nationwide range from 1,361 per 100,000 in Maine to 3,945 per 100,000 in New Mexico, the states with the lowest and highest crime rates, respectively.
Here are the crime rates for all 50 states.
What types of crimes are being committed?
The FBI's crime rate includes seven crime categories: three property crimes -- larceny, burglary, and motor vehicle theft, and four violent crimes -- aggravated assault, robbery, rape, and murder.
The vast majority of crimes in America are property crimes, accounting for 85% of total crimes in 2019. This share was slightly higher in New Jersey, with property crimes accounting for 87% of all crimes reported in the state.
There were 118,637 property crimes reported in New Jersey in 2019, or 1,336 per 100,000 residents. This is far lower than the national rate of 2,110 property crimes per 100,000 people and is the fifth lowest rate of the 50 states.
Larceny is by far the most common type of property crime. The 5,086,096 reported incidents nationwide in 2019 accounted for 73% of all property crime. New Jersey's rate of 1,035 reported larceny incidents per 100,000 residents is lower than the nationwide rate of 1,550 per 100,000 and is the fifth lowest among states.
An estimated 16,399 break-ins were reported in New Jersey in 2019, or 185 per 100,000 state residents -- the eighth lowest rate among states. For reference, there were an estimated 1,117,696 break-ins nationwide, or 341 break-ins per 100,000 people.
Motor vehicle theft
Across the U.S., there were 721,885 reported motor vehicle thefts in 2019, a rate of 220 per 100,000 people. New Jersey's rate of 116 motor vehicle thefts per 100,000 residents was much lower than this national rate and the eighth lowest rate compared to all states.
Violent crimes make up a small share of crimes nationwide. In New Jersey, violent crimes account for just 13% of total crimes, versus 15% nationwide.
Just as New Jersey has the fifth lowest total crime rate of all states, it also has the fifth lowest violent crime rate. The state’s violent crime rate of 207 per 100,000 people is considerably lower than the national rate of 379 per 100,000. There were 18,375 violent crimes reported to New Jersey law enforcement agencies in 2019.
Aggravated assault is by far the most common type of violent crime. Nationwide, there were 821,182 aggravated assaults in 2019, accounting for 66% of violent crimes across the country. In New Jersey, 10,852 aggravated assaults were reported in 2019. New Jersey's rate of aggravated assault of 122 per 100,000 people is less than half the national rate of 250 per 100,000 and is the fourth lowest of all states.
Robbery is the second most common type of violent crime in America. There were 5,730 robberies reported in New Jersey in 2019, or 65 robberies for every 100,000 residents. This is lower than the national rate of 82 robberies per 100,000 people, and the 23rd highest robbery rate among states.
There were 1,531 reported rapes in 2019 in New Jersey. The state's rate of rape of 17.2 per 100,000 residents is less than half the national rate of 42.6 per 100,000 people. New Jersey has the lowest rate of rape.
In 2019, there were 262 murders reported to law enforcement in New Jersey. The state’s murder rate of 2.9 per 100,000 residents is much lower than the national rate of 5.0 per 100,000. New Jersey's murder rate is the 18th lowest in the country.
Where are these crimes being committed?
Because crime is influenced by local circumstances, crime levels vary considerably within each state. Often a state’s dense urban areas will have higher crime rates than its rural areas. Even in a state with an exceptionally low crime rate, there is often at least one area where crime rates exceed the nation.
City with the highest crime rate in New Jersey
The city with the highest total crime rate in New Jersey is Atlantic City, with a crime rate of 5,482 per 100,000 residents. This excludes cities with a population below 5,000 and cities with incomplete FBI crime reports.
Crime over time
National historical trend
The FBI provides access to crime data by state dating back to 1960. This 60-year span, can be divided into three periods. Crime skyrocketed between 1960 and 1980, with the crime rate more than tripling in just 20 years from 1,887 crimes per 100,000 Americans to 5,950 crimes per 100,000 Americans.
Crime remained high in the 1980s and reached its second highest peak in 1991. Since that year, crime has fallen steadily nationwide, reaching its current rate of 2,489 per 100,000, a 58% decline in 28 years.
New Jersey's historical trend
In 1960, New Jersey's crime rate was 1,491 crimes per 100,000 residents. Crime peaked in the state in 1980 at 6,401 per 100,000, an increase of 329%.
Crime changes 2014-2019
Over the five years since 2014, the nationwide total crime rate has decreased by 15.2%, but this change varied dramatically between states. In New Hampshire, for example, the crime rate decreased by 37.0%, the largest decline of any state. The largest increase was in Alaska, where crime rose by 11.3% between 2014 and 2019.
With a decrease of 22.6%, New Jersey's crime rate has fallen faster than the country as a whole. The crime rate declined in 48 states over this time period, but in most of them, it declined slower than in New Jersey.
How New Jersey has compared to other states historically
Since 1960, New Jersey has had periods of both relatively high and relatively low crime rates compared to the other states. Over these 60 years, the state has been among the 10 states with the lowest crime rates in 17 of them, but never among the states with the highest crime rates.
All cities in New Jersey
Here are all New Jersey cities ranked by total crime rate. For a city to be included, it must have a complete 2019 FBI crime report and population of 5,000 or more. Click any bar or city name to see more about crime in that city.