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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Public Schools
    C-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C-
  3. Housing
    D-
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    C-
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    D-
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    C-
  10. Health & Fitness
    C+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    B+
Newark is a city in New Jersey with a population of 282,803. Newark is in Essex County. Living in Newark offers residents an urban suburban mix feel and most residents rent their homes. In Newark there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families live in Newark and residents tend to be liberal.
About Newark...
Population
282,803

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$222,800
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,014
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    77%
  • Own
    23%
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Newark Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

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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
    451.2
    282.7
  • Murder
    27.1
    6.1
  • Rape
    40.9
    40.7
  • Robbery
    377.2
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    423.7
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,128.1
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    843.2
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    14%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    11%
  • 25-34 years
    16%
  • 35-44 years
    15%
  • 45-54 years
    14%
  • 55-64 years
    10%
  • 65+ years
    10%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    4%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    10%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    24%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    36%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    26%
    13%

Working in Newark

Jobs
D-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$34,826
National
$55,322
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Newark Reviews

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My experience in Newark, NJ has not been very positive. I moved here for school 6 months ago and every day, I live in fear. There have been many instances where my friends or classmates have been robbed or mugged. Apart from the lack of safety, the water quality is also very poor in Newark. Lead levels in the water and very high so we have to resort to bottled water every day. One positive aspect of Newark is its location. I really enjoy living 20 minutes from New York City. There are also a lot of great restaurant options in Newark!
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I live in Newark’s Forest Hill neighborhood bordering Branch Brook Park. I love it. Forest Hills is a close-knit community with a very active community association. It is a beautiful neighborhood with large historic homes. It is racially diverse. Transportation to NYC is a breeze. Only 20 minutes via NJ Transit. Since Branch Brook Park so close it’s easy to enjoy the running paths, play soccer, tennis, or baseball and other activities. There is even a new dog run. And Forest Hill is only 5 minutes away from Downtown Newark, which is undergoing a renaissance. There are many restaurants, concerts, and cultural activities at the Newark Museum, NJPAC, and Prudential Center. It is home to companies such as Amazon Audible, Prudential, Mars Wrigley headquarters. There is a Wholefoods and Starbucks. And the city is in the process of switching out all the old lead water lines. 90% of my block already has new copper water lines. If you’re moving to Newark, I recommend Forest Hill.
Newark is an amazing city! It is filled with arts and culture. The city is conveniently located between New York and Philadelphia. There is always events throughout the city for all ages. Some highlights include GlassRoots, The Newark Museum, NJPAC, Branch Brook Park, and much more.