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  1. Public Schools
    C-
  2. Crime & Safety
    NG
  3. Housing
    D-
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    C-
  6. Diversity
    B
  7. Jobs
    D-
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    C-
  10. Health & Fitness
    C
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    B+
West Side is a neighborhood in Newark, New Jersey with a population of 17,442. West Side is in Essex County. Living in West Side offers residents an urban feel and most residents rent their homes. In West Side there are a lot of bars and parks. Many families live in West Side and residents tend to be liberal.
About West Side...
Population
17,442

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$169,684
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,090
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    74%
  • Own
    26%
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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
NG
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    282.7
  • Murder
    6.1
  • Rape
    40.7
  • Robbery
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    284
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Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$28,217
National
$55,322
Families with Children
33%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    3%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    7%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    30%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    41%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    19%
    13%
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Living in this area isn't as bad as society makes it to be, because of where I live it has a bad reputation for crime, people feel unsafe and paranoid when driving through here. However, this place is welcoming and no one bothers the next person for fun. I wouldn't choose to live here again, only because I've lived here my whole life and I want a different scenery to look at. Comparing where I live to other places, it's pretty okay, nothing different, except we have more abandoned buildings than other areas. But, we have more stores for people to shop at and programs for students to attend and be apart of. In the future, I predict this area will be one hundred times better than when I was growing up due to more opportunities slowly opening up around us.
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The crime in this area has decreased over the years, but there still is crime. However, the prevalence of crimes and visibility of police is close to none. I see police but when they are needed it takes them hours to come to the scene of the crime. I am concerned when it comes to the police helping prevent crimes or helping the community, its as if they don't want to.
If you were interested in being a doctor, you could find a job at the nearby hospital, but other than that there are little to no actual good jobs. There seems to be in my area a cashier at Pathmark or a cashier at a fast food place, other than that even the local teachers are losing their jobs because of the numerous budget cuts to the school system that the Newark schools are suffering from.