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C+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    C-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    D-
  4. Nightlife
    A+
  5. Good for Families
    C
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    C-
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    C-
  10. Health & Fitness
    A
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$253,300
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,381
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    81%
  • Own
    19%

New Brunswick Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    248
    283
  • Murder
    2
    6
  • Rape
    45
    41
  • Robbery
    369
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    558
    500
  • Theft
    1,503
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    129
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$40,428
National
$55,322
Children
20%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    9%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    11%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    16%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    25%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    39%
    13%
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New Brunswick Reviews

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New Brunswick is a great place! The public library is big and historical, traffic is never too bad, and the sense of community is strong! Great diverse restaurants that have delicious food, many indie stores, and everything is usually in walking distance. You see where your taxes go in New Brunswick because there is always something being constructed, road paved, and schools getting improved.
The overall safety of the town is somewhat debatable though. I have never encountered any violence or issues that'll make me fearful of my own safety, but there are plenty of horror stories that get passed around. Mugging and assaults near Campus are usually one of my biggest concerns, since I live so close to the University. Another thing to be wary of if you're partial to a completely silent bed time is the partying. I do not recommend living downtown if you hate loud music as garage bands and college parties are pretty infamous in this town.
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There's a lot of places here. You can take a train or bus to get to anywhere you want within the premise. College Avenue is amazing, as it has places to eat and shop for almost anything you need, but I do tend to get a bit scared at night when I'm walking through the streets alone from school. Other than that, it's a great place to hang out with friends!
I like that New Brunswick is the main city of where my college (Rutgers University) takes place in. It makes everything convenient from walking to the library to my school to shops and restaurants to the cashier's office or financial aid office. A lot of students will frequently meet each other in apartment houses and dorms in a major part of the city, making it a community for students. There's so many food places to go around here and bars and this city is a place students can truly socialize and find common ground in. There are many commercial buildings and hospitals that are around the city and there's a lot of bus transportation that can take you from one side of the city to another, thus making it convenient to commute to places. You can find an internship in a lot of the majors offered in the college around here. The only thing that sometimes makes the whole experience of the city as less positive are the safety issues.