New Jersey has so many safe, charming towns, but we also have a few seedier spots. While these places all have a lot to offer, it’s probably best to use caution and common sense at night. This list of the most dangerous cities in N.J. is based on the State Police’s Uniform Crime Report for 2013 and factors in only violent crime.

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Did any of these cities surprise you? Even though there may be several more dangerous cities in N.J., we still have so many wonderful places. For a few positives, check out our happiest cities, smartest cities and healthiest cities.

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What is the oldest city in New Jersey?

The oldest city in New Jersey is Gloucester City. It was originally founded in 1623 by the Dutch, and its first name was Fort Nassau. It is located in Camden County by the Walt Whitman Bridge. Gloucester City is a physically tiny city, with just 2.8 square miles of space. There are about 11,500 residents living here, so it’s also on the small side population-wise.

What are the most highly rated restaurants in New Jersey?

When you're looking for a special night out in a beautiful neighborhood in New Jersey, you'll definitely want to check out The Capital Grille and Scarborough Fair Restaurant. The Capital Grille is known for its fine dining and elegant atmosphere, as well as its seafood and steak options. You can find it in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. Scarborough Fair Restaurant is located in Sea Girt, New Jersey, and is best known for its romantic feel and excellent wine list. Scarborough is perfect for a special date night!

What are the most unique towns in New Jersey?

There are lots of charming small towns in New Jersey, but two of the most unique are Frenchtown and Montclair. Frenchtown is famous for its sweet shops, perhaps most notably Frenchtown Pottery. Its name, of course, comes from its original settlers, and its atmosphere carries the special French charm. Frenchtown is located on the banks of the Delaware River, so it has pretty water views, too. Montclair is known for a great artistic scene, including the Montclair Film Festival, a new arts complex by the Wellmont Theater, and lots of public performances. The lovely suburban neighborhoods feature lots of beautiful homes!