Hi everybody on Sovren Media,
*This post is about somewhere 40 minutes from where I grew up in Randolph, NJ, so you might not have heard of this place.*
But for over 30 years (and possibly longer than that), East Orange, New Jersey has been known as a struggling city.
And when I was growing up a few years ago, my parents and I thought of East Orange as a place that you quickly drove by on Route 280, but never stopped in because of the fear of getting shot, being pickpocketed, or being involved in some other type of crime.
But that fear is valid as East Orange has one of the top crime rates in New Jersey (along with Newark), and it is also a majority Black city with around 70,000 people living in it.
But in my opinion, there's 2 reasons for why East Orange has been a struggling city for 30 years.
One reason could be simply racial difference between Black and White people, because the majority White cities of Verona and Livingston (which are no more than 20 minutes away and are in the same county as East Orange) have lower crime and are relatively safe cities to live.
But the other reason is single parent family rates (because I have read online articles that claim a person has a much higher chance of committing crime if they are raised in a single parent household).
And I don't know how true that is, but East Orange's single parent rate is estimated at 71.5 percent (according to city-data. com) so that could be part of the reason too.