50 Safest College Towns: Virginia Placed Twice

2 min read SafeWise released their 5th annual report on the Top 50 Safest College Towns in the United States earlier this year.

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Photo Credit: (Pang Yuhao) SafeWise judged these towns based on FBI crime statistics from reports from 2018 due to consistency. 

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By Kylee Walling | kewalling@radford.edu

SafeWise released their 5th annual report of “The 50 Safest College Towns in America.” This report gives information on the Top 50 safest college towns and the Top 10 dangerous college towns.

The Top 10 safest college towns included: Milton, MA, Rexburg, ID, Madison, NJ, Wellesley, MA, Bristol, RI, Durham, NH, Lisle, IL, Moraga, CA, Princeton, NJ, and Berea, OH

Among the Top 50 college towns, Virginia placed twice at #17 and #50.

SafeWise judged these towns based on FBI crime statistics from reports from 2018 due to consistency. 

#1 Safest College Town

For the Top 10, Milton, Massachusetts, ranked number one, with a report of only 12 violent crimes and 60 property crimes. Milton, MA, is home to Curry College.

#2 Safest College Town

Rexburg, Idaho, home to Brigham Young University-Idaho, ranked number two out of the Top 10. There were only five violent crimes and 135 property crimes reported. 

#3 Safest College Town

At number three on the list, Madison, New Jersey, home to Fairleigh Dickinson University, reported only three violent crimes and 79 property crimes. 

Among the Top 50 college towns, Virginia placed twice at #17 and #50. Blacksburg, home to Virginia Tech, ranked at #17, and Williamsburg, home to William and Mary, placed at #50.

This article also listed various statistics related to the safest college towns. According to the report, the 50 safest college towns have a property crime rate that is 2.5 times lower than the national average and a violent crime rate that is four times lower.

According to the article, Massachusetts, Illinois, and California house the safest college towns in the United States.

According to the article, Massachusetts, Illinois, and California house the safest college towns in the United States.

SafeWise chose to state some “Interesting Findings” to highlight the safest college towns. The article said that 20 states were represented this year; Boone, NC reported zero violent crimes; Moscow, ID, who reported the highest property crime rate, was still below the national average, along with many more statistics.

SafeWise’s website includes additional information on their website, including more striking findings, information regarding these university and colleges’ approach to COVID-19, and financial information about the schools.

Kylee Walling