New Jersey is one of the wealthier states in the nation, and we are even home to 4 of the top 20 wealthiest counties (Morris, Somerset, Bergen, Hunterdon) in the United States. Still, we do have some struggling cities and towns. There are several ways to measure the “poorest” cities in a state, but for the purposes of this article, we used percentage of residents below the poverty line. The following 15 towns are the poorest in New Jersey. For comparison’s sake, about 11% of New Jersey residents live below the poverty line.
Many of these communities are actively working on revitalization efforts and are making great strides. Decades from now I hope to see these cities thriving, along with the rest of New Jersey. While we have our lower income areas, we are the second wealthiest state in the nation, and have the highest percentage of millionaires in the country. Does any of this surprise you? Share your feedback in the comments.