A website is calling Bridgeton the "Worst Place to Live in New Jersey", and Millville, Vineland, and Trenton aren't far behind.

The website is called Roadsnacks.com, and it publishes these type of lists all the time, warning readers along the way, "not to take it too seriously."

Who can't take it seriously when you're telling people they live in the worst place in New Jersey?

While Bridgeton is first, Newark is second, followed by Lindenwold and Camden.  Millville and Vineland are fifth and sixth, and Pleasantville is 8th. Other cities in the Top 10 are Trenton, Phillipsburg, and East Orange.

Further down the list:

15. Wildwood

30. Somers Point

36. Absecon

37. Hammonton

76. Brigantine

93. Northfield

By the way, Atlantic City did not make the list of the 100 worst places to live in New Jersey....

In case you're wondering, here's how the authors came up with the list:

To figure out how bad a place is to live in, we only needed to know what kinds of things people like and then decide what cities have the least amount of those things.

We don’t think it’s a stretch to assume that people like the following things:

  • Good education
  • Lots of jobs
  • Low crime
  • Low poverty
  • Nice homes
  • High incomes
  • High population density (Lots of things to do)
  • Short work commutes
  • Health insurance

The data comes from the Census’s most recent American Community Survey and from the FBI Uniform Crime Report.

We broke crime down into violent crime and property crime to give violent crime a larger weight — if you did a simple calculation of all crimes per capita, property crimes are normally 7x more common and really bias that ranking.

Furthermore, only cities with at least 5,000 people were considered — leaving 175 cities.

We then ranked each city from 1 to 175 for all the criteria with a #1 ranking being the worst for the particular criteria.

Next, we averaged the rankings into one “Worst Place To Live Score”.

Finally, we ranked every city on the “Worst Place To Live Score” with the lowest score being the worst city in New Jersey — Bridgeton. Read on for a detailed look at the 10 worst cities in New Jersey.

This is the second year Bridgeton has topped this list:

With the 3rd lowest median income, the 8th worst crime index, AND the 10th worst unemployment rate on this list, it’s not surprising that Bridgeton is the highest on this list.

Being in the top 35% in New Jersey as far as commute times goes helps, but one wonders if commuting further away from the worst place in New Jersey might actually make a Bridgeton resident’s day a bit better.

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