Paterson, NJ crime analytics

Source & Methodology

Analytics built by:   Location, Inc.

Raw data sources:   18,000 local law enforcement agencies in the U.S.

Date(s) & Update Frequency:   Reflects 2020 calendar year; released from FBI in Sept. 2021 (latest available). Updated annually. Where is 2021 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 about Scout's Crime Data

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 23 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 44. 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 88% of the state's cities and towns of all sizes. In fact, after researching dangerous places to live, NeighborhoodScout found Paterson to be one of the top 100 most dangerous cities in the U.S.A.

However, compared to other communities of similar population size, Paterson has a crime rate that is noticeably lower than the average. This means that for comparably sized cities all across America, Paterson is actually safer than most according to NeighborhoodScout's exclusive analysis of FBI crime data.

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 111.

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 14 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 74.

Paterson Crime Data

 

Crime Index

24

(100 is safest)


Safer than 24% of U.S. Cities

Paterson Annual Crimes

  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes

1,434

2,162

3,596

Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)

8.98

13.54

22.51

Violent Crime

Violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

20 15 10 5 0
8.98
1.87
National Median: 4
    Paterson
    New Jersey

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 111

in Paterson

1 in 535

in New Jersey

Paterson VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 159,732
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 27 50 426 931
Rate per 1,000 0.17 0.31 2.67 5.83

United States VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 331,449,281
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 21,570 126,430 243,600 921,505
Rate per 1,000 0.07 0.38 0.73 2.78

Property Crime

Property Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

100 75 50 25 0
13.54
11.07
National Median: 19
    Paterson
    New Jersey

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 74

in Paterson

1 in 90

in New Jersey

Paterson Property CRIMES

Population: 159,732
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 566 1,343 253
Rate per 1,000 3.54 8.41 1.58

United States Property CRIMES

Population: 331,449,281
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 1,035,314 4,606,324 810,400
Rate per 1,000 3.12 13.90 2.45

Paterson Crimes Per Square Mile

200 150 100 50 0
413
49
National Median: 26.9
    Paterson
    New Jersey