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  2. Crime & Safety
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  3. Housing
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  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
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  6. Diversity
    A-
  7. Jobs
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  8. Weather
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  9. Cost of Living
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  10. Health & Fitness
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  11. Outdoor Activities
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  12. Commute
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West Side is a neighborhood in Newark, New Jersey. 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. Residents of West Side tend to be liberal.
About West Side...
Population

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$202,395
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,029
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
    283
  • Murder
    6
  • Rape
    41
  • Robbery
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    500
  • Theft
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$32,667
National
$55,322
Children
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    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.