Party schools are so last year. Today students (and parents) are looking for colleges that deliver academic excellence with a side of safety. Because safety is our jam at SafeWise, we dug into the FBI’s 2016 crime data to unearth the college towns with the best safety records. You’re not going to take a chance with your college student’s safety, and neither are we.
To deem a college town “safe,” we zeroed in on violent crimes per 1,000 people for each city. Violent crimes include murder, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. We also looked at property crimes (burglary, larceny, motor vehicle theft, and arson), but those numbers didn’t impact our final determination—so don’t stress if you see a safe city with higher property crime rates ranking better than one with lower property crime rates.