Apartment List has released results for Newark from the second annual Apartment List Renter Satisfaction Survey. The survey, which drew on responses from over 30,000 renters, provides insight into what states and cities must do to meet the needs of the 105 million American renters nationwide.
“Newark renters expressed high dissatisfaction with their city,” says Andrew Woo, Director of Data Science at Apartment List. “They gave below-average scores to most categories.”
Key findings in the Newark include the following:
- Newark renters give their city an F overall for satisfaction.
- The highest-rated category for Newark was access to public transit (A).
- Renters were dissatisfied with affordability (C), quality of local schools (D), and commute times (D).
- Renters were very dissatisfied with local jobs and career opportunities (F), safety (F), and state and local taxes (F).
- Newark renters were more dissatisfied than renters in nearby Elizabeth (C+), East Orange (D), and Jersey City (D).
- The top rated cities nationwide for renter satisfaction included Arlington, VA; Lincoln, NE; Pasadena, CA; Boston, MA; and Madison, WI. The lowest rated cities included Newark, NJ; Bronx, NY; Bridgeport, CT; Baltimore, MD; and Salinas, CA.
- “I hate almost everything about Newark, NJ! The people, their attitudes, placement of homes, the trashy neighborhoods, the carelessness from landlords & neighbors, the rent, no healthy food markets, prices for food, a corner store & chicken shack everywhere you look. It's a horrible place to live.” —Alecia B.
- “I love that I can walk 10 minutes and be right in the heart of Newark, a new and up-and-coming city.” —Anon.
- “I hate the crime and low quality of schools.” —Hadiyyah J.