Paterson, NJ
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Paterson, NJ crime analytics

Source & Methodology

Analytics built by:   Location, Inc.

Raw data sources:   Uniform Crime Reporting Program (Federal Bureau of Investigation), additional data from local police agencies.

Date(s) & Update Frequency:   Reflects 2015 calendar year; released from FBI in Sept. 2016 (latest available). Updated annually. Wheres 2016 data?

Methodology:   Our nationwide meta-analysis overcomes the issues inherent in any crime database, including non-reporting and reporting errors. This is possible by associating the 9.4 million reported crimes in the U.S, including over 2 million geocoded point locations…. Read more

The crime rate in Paterson is considerably higher than the national average across all communities in America from the largest to the smallest, although at 33 crimes per one thousand residents, it is not among the communities with the very highest crime rate. The chance of becoming a victim of either violent or property crime in Paterson is 1 in 31. Based on FBI crime data, Paterson is not one of the safest communities in America. Relative to New Jersey, Paterson has a crime rate that is higher than 91% of the state's cities and towns of all sizes.

How does the crime rate in Paterson compare to similar sized communities across America? When NeighborhoodScout compared Paterson with other communities its size, we found that the crime rate was near the average for all other communities of similar size. So, whether Paterson's crime rate is high or low compared to all places in the US, when we control for population size and compare it to places that are similar in size, it is near the middle of the pack in crime rate; not much more or less dangerous, and about what we would expect from the statistics.

Now let us turn to take a look at how Paterson does for violent crimes specifically, and then how it does for property crimes. This is important because the overall crime rate can be further illuminated by understanding if violent crime or property crimes (or both) are the major contributors to the general rate of crime in Paterson.

For Paterson, we found that the violent crime rate is one of the highest in the nation, across communities of all sizes (both large and small). Violent offenses tracked included rape, murder and non-negligent manslaughter, armed robbery, and aggravated assault, including assault with a deadly weapon. According to NeighborhoodScout's analysis of FBI reported crime data, your chance of becoming a victim of one of these crimes in Paterson is one in 126.

Significantly, based on the number of murders reported by the FBI and the number of residents living in the city, NeighborhoodScout's analysis shows that Paterson experiences one of the higher murder rates in the nation when compared with cities and towns for all sizes of population, from the largest to the smallest.

NeighborhoodScout's analysis also reveals that Paterson's rate for property crime is 25 per one thousand population. This makes Paterson a place where there is an above average chance of becoming a victim of a property crime, when compared to all other communities in America of all population sizes. Property crimes are motor vehicle theft, arson, larceny, and burglary. Your chance of becoming a victim of any of these crimes in Paterson is one in 40.

Importantly, we found that Paterson has one of the highest rates of motor vehicle theft in the nation according to our analysis of FBI crime data. This is compared to communities of all sizes, from the smallest to the largest. In fact, your chance of getting your car stolen if you live in Paterson is one in 217.

Paterson Crime Data

 

Crime Index

16

(100 is safest)


Safer than 16% of U.S. Cities

Paterson Annual Crimes

  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes

1,171

3,667

4,838

Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)

7.93

24.82

32.74

Violent Crime

violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Crime
Paterson 7.93
New Jersey 2.55

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 126

in Paterson

1 in 392

in New Jersey

Paterson VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 147,754
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 18 40 573 540
Rate per 1,000 0.12 0.27 3.88 3.65

United States VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 321,418,820
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 15,696 124,047 327,374 764,449
Rate per 1,000 0.05 0.39 1.02 2.38

Property Crime

property Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Crime
Paterson 24.82
New Jersey 16.26

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 40

in Paterson

1 in 61

in New Jersey

Paterson Property CRIMES

Population: 147,754
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 1,182 1,803 682
Rate per 1,000 8.00 12.20 4.62

United States Property CRIMES

Population: 321,418,820
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 1,579,527 5,706,346 707,758
Rate per 1,000 4.91 17.75 2.20

Paterson Crimes Per Square Mile

Crime
Paterson 556
New Jersey 69