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
    D+
  10. Health & Fitness
    A-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$242,200
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$1,343
National
$928
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    81%
  • Own
    19%

New Brunswick Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    266
    273
  • Murder
    3
    6
  • Rape
    45
    41
  • Robbery
    403
    133
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    571
    525
  • Theft
    1,520
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    130
    263

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$38,435
National
$53,889
Children
20%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    8%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    12%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    14%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    27%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    38%
    13%
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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!
It is a town struggling to find its identity. It has gorgeous apartment buildings but is immediately lacking good retail and parking space. It has a great location, earning its name as the 'Hub City' as it is surrounded by New Jerseys most occupied commuter roads such as Route 1, Route 18, and the NJ Turnpike. However, with this advantage, fails to retain and lure in commuters with attractive day and night offerings. It is most familiarly known as the home to Rutgers University along the Raritan River, offering students a suburban and almost city feel for a college campus. But again, because of issues in the development cycle of the city, the safety risk is a factor to consider when prospecting the area.