Best Cities 2010: Newark, NJ

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Best Cities 2010: Newark, NJ

Newark is the largest city in New Jersey and is home to a great education system — with a high school graduation rate of over 94 percent.

City: Newark

State: New Jersey

Best Cities Overall Rank: 40

About Newark: New   Jersey is a proud harvester of cranberries.

Newark has an excellent education system: Preschools rank 91 and grade schools rank 100 in reading and 98 in math. The total expenditure per student is $25,343 and the high school graduation rate was 94% in 2008.

County: Essex

Population: 278,980

Official website for city visitors’ bureau/city: Visitor’s Bureau Website 

Newspaper with the largest circulation: The Star-Ledger

Newark blogs: The Daily Newarker 

Newark‘s Facebook page: Follow Newark on Facebook 

Newark‘s Twitter page: Follow Newark on Twitter


Education rank: 13

High School graduation rate 2008: 94.05%

Blue Ribbon Schools, 2003-2009: 4

Blue Ribbon Schools per 100,000 people: 1.43

NEAYC-accredited preschools: 25

NAEYC schools per 100,000 people: 8.96

NAEP State proficiency reading, grade 8: 273

Pupil/Teacher Ratio: 14.19

Total Expenditures Per Student: $25,343


Health rank: 63

Quality children’s hospitals: 1

Hospitals per 100,000 people: 0.36

Quality Pediatricians: 0

Quality Pediatricians per 100,000: 0

Average number of Unhealthy Air Quality days between 2006-2008, by county: 0


Safety rank: 43

Violent Crimes, 2008: 2660

Violent Crime Rate per 100,000: 953.48

Sex Offenders: 269

Sex Offenders per 100,000: 96.42


Economy rank: 75

Travel time to work, 2006-2008, in minutes: 30.89      

Percent of labor force unemployed, January 2010: 9.69    

Best Performing Cities Job Index: 1180.57

Median Home Sale Price: $216,100                   

5-Year Home Value Index: 0.90%                        

Percent of homes sold for a loss: 59.60%


Recreation Rank:  101

Parkland acreage, 2008 (includes pools and playgrounds): 80   

Parkland per 100,000: 28.68