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A+ Trenton Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
C Trenton Cost of Living Cost of living is 22% lower than New Jersey
973% less expensive than the US average
New Jersey
12525% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Trenton cost of living
F Trenton Crime Total crime is 118% higher than New Jersey
Total crime
3,88941% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 2641% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
7%Year over year crime is up
Trenton crime
F Trenton Employment Household income is 53% lower than New Jersey
Median household income
$34,41238% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$17,13043% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
10%107% higher than the US average
Trenton employment
F Trenton Housing Home value is 68% lower than New Jersey
Median home value
$100,00046% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$9642% higher than the US average
Home ownership
37%42% lower than the US average
Trenton real estate or Trenton rentals
F Trenton Schools HS graduation rate is 23% lower than New Jersey
High school grad. rates
66%20% lower than the US average
School test scores
17%65% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
13:118% lower than the US average
Trenton K-12 schools or Trenton colleges

Living in Trenton, NJ

Located in the state of New Jersey, Trenton is a medium-sized city with a population of 84,559 inhabitants. In Trenton, there are 11,180 people per square mile, which is well above the national population density average. Trenton is mostly populated by White (39%) and Black or African American (50%) ethnic groups. Additionally, more than a quarter of the population of Trenton are of Hispanic or Latino origin, and 33% of the population also speak Spanish. All the single ladies (and all the single fellas) might want to take notice as only 46% of the Trenton population is married.

Are you trying to ascertain if living in Trenton is the right fit for your lifestyle? To ensure a positive experience before relocating to any new city in New Jersey, you will probably want to make sure that you check all of the most important boxes. Using the livability score which includes data from categories like education, employment, housing, you can easily compare the best places to live in Trenton and also determine if there are any nearby cities that might be a better match for your lifestyle. You can also compare Trenton to New Jersey and the national average.

The livability score in Trenton is 52/100 and the city is ranked in the 3rd percentile of all cities across America. This is not a favorable rating; as this score ranks among some of the lowest in America. Living in Trenton may not be a pleasant experience. Something also worth noting is that Trenton ranks among some of the lowest scoring cities in the USA, with more than 90% of cities obtaining a higher score. For each of the livability categories, we see that Trenton ranks very well for amenities (A+). Trenton does not fare well for the following: crime (F), education (F), employment (F) and housing (F). It might be wise to take a closer look at each category to find out why.

Based on the proximity of local amenities like grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, librairies, etc., Trenton has received a higher than average score for its local amenities. If you’re planning on relocating and making this area your permanent home, it’s nice to know that there is an ample amount of amenities and things to do within walking distance or a short drive. Some of the notable things to do include: Waterfront Park, New Jersey State Museum, and Old Barracks Museum.

Certain items on your wish list like shopping, restaurants, nightlife and proximity to public transportation are all important factors to search for. Having said that, perhaps the most important metric to consider when contemplating a move to Trenton is real estate affordability. The median home price for Trenton homes is $100,000, which is 68.4% lower than the New Jersey average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Trenton, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 2.9, which is 32.6% lower than the New Jersey average.

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Compare Trenton, NJ Livability To Other Cities

Best Neighborhoods In & Around Trenton, NJ

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Torresdale, Philadelphia7215.730,358
Holmesburry-Torresdale, Philadelphia6918.125,247
Glen Afton And Island, Trenton672.21,138
Byberry, Philadelphia6714.216,442
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Central West, Trenton660.51,782
Mill Hill, Trenton650.6591
West End, Trenton641.11,344
North 25, Trenton620.2657

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5 Years In Trenton, NJ

I have lived in Trenton for five years, and I could not imagine living in another place. There are so many friendly people in the city, but it's very crowded. You have to know where to go at the right time of the day so that you won't be bombarded by a crowd of people.

I'm a person who loves history, and there are numerous museums and older houses that are open to the public. The Old Barracks Museum is a place that was built for the British troops. The William Trent House is somewhere I like to visit, but it takes a while to learn all about the history of the area by visiting a house. The best way to visit is with a tour guide who can tell you about the house and the area as well as the man who lived there.

Many of the houses in the city are older. This is a benefit because they are usually larger, but the downtown area is developing into a place of large businesses and apartment complexes. There are several parks in Trenton. I can walk from my home to reach Cadwalader Park in only a few minutes. There are statues in the park and plenty of room to walk and play without feeling like you are crammed in one place. I enjoy the farmers markets in the middle of town that are open on warm summer mornings. The people will talk to you and reach out any way possible. Some of the restaurants serve the same kinds of food, so you have to travel to the outskirts of Trenton to get something ethnic.

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Nothing much over here...

There's barely anything to do here. All I came here for is to visit some of my parent's friends and they do not like it there. The crime there is horrible! It's just as bad as Baltimore's crime! The houses were not good-looking at all. Kensington is much better than this s****y place. Although there's some skyscrapers there, some are restricted there. I agree with erika2620 about Trenton. Just because rent is cheap, doesn't make it good. Expensive things are ALWAYS better! Honestly in Trenton, you can barely find any good restaurants. I've had boring times over there too. I even had embarrassing things happening there once. I rather not talk about it though... So anyways, not a good place to live in because of the black people there. The end!
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I do not like it at all.

I moved here almost a year ago and I am looking to move AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. The street crime here is outrageous. I thought the Bronx, New York was bad. But after moving here I realized I was better off over there. The buildings around my neighborhood are mostly abandoned. The sidewalks are cracked and dangerous to walk on. It is definitely not a place to raise children. Someone had recommended Trenton because the rent was cheap. I made the biggest mistake ever. I rather pay more rent anywhere else and feel safe, than settling for this. Honestly, speaking.
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Historic Trenton, NJ - A Winner for Visitors

I've visited Trenton, New Jersey, numerous times for business, and each time it pleasantly surprises me. As the capital of New Jersey, Trenton has a beautifully remodeled statehouse that is well-worth a visit if you have some time to kill. Additionally, the Trenton Thunder are the AA minor league affiliate for the New York Yankees, so taking a trip to the ballpark is a great activity for the family. My clients have always enjoyed that entertainment, as well.

The restaurants in Trenton are great, too. One of my favorites is De Lorenzo's Tomato Pies - their pizzas are amazing. There are also a lot of good restaurants near the train station, and Trenton is easily accessible by train and air. The Trenton airport is particularly easy to navigate. At the same time, Trenton flies a little bit under the radar for most people looking for entertainment and dining options, especially with New York and Philadelphia so close. However, if you're looking for an inexpensive alternative to those big cities, and you want a city with history, sports, and good food, Trenton will not disappoint!
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Trenton, NJ - Fun For the Whole Family

Trenton New Jersey has been one of the most interesting places that I have visited over the years. Finding something attractions to see and things to do in Trento was easy and fun. Whether you like historical things or plain fun for you and the kids, Trenton has something for an individual or the entire family to enjoy.

If you are thinking about visiting or even moving to Trenton, you should check out all the attractions that they have. I loved Trenton Thunder. It's a super waterpark that anyone can have a ton of fun at. If you like the arts, there is the Boheme Opera Company. They put on awesome shows to entertain anyone who loves the stage. You can even catch some great preformances at the Soverign Bank Arena. You just have to watch the schedule and plan your trip to Trenton accordingly.

There are a lot of great restaurants and shopping in Trenton as well. You can count on your major restraunts to be there for you, as well as some hometown favorites. Shopping is great, from the department stores to the small mom and pop stores that have all sorts of deals in store for you! I had so much fun just looking around at the city and all it had to offer.
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