How safe is it to raise a child in Lakewood?

A brand-new ranking of the 50 safest cities in America to raise children lists Lakewood at number 28.

Safewise, an organization that aims to educate people about safety and security, released the ranking this morning, having compiled data from FBI crime reports regarding violent and property crime in America.

The report ranked cities with aggregated scores based upon statistics showing the number of violent crimes, including assaults, murders and robberies, as well as property crimes, including burglaries, arsons, larcenies and motor vehicle thefts. High school graduation rates also made up 10% of the total score of a city.

This year’s list of the safest cities in which to raise a child represent 50 cities in 18 different states. In general, cities with higher than average median incomes tend to be safer, but three cities with lower than average median incomes still managed to make the list. One of those three was our very own Lakewood, New Jersey.

With a population of over 102,000 and rapidly growing, and a median income of just over $45,000, Lakewood managed to get a 90.98 safety score. Two other New Jersey towns, Woodbridge and Toms River, made the list at #23 and #46 respectively.


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