Results from a new study conducted by LendEDU has named the City of McPherson the second safest college town in the United States due to its low crime rate. Research included towns that are home to at least one two-year or four-year college campus. McPherson is home to Central Christian College and McPherson College, both four-year liberal arts colleges.
Using the newest data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, LendEDU calculated the safest college towns by summing the number of violent and property crimes, then dividing the summation by the population living in the town. This calculation yielded the number of violent and property crimes per person in the town.
“Increasingly, students, parents and future residents are considering safety as a key consideration during the college selection process,” noted LendEDU CEO Nate Matherson.
City Administrator Nick Gregory credits local law enforcement for maintaining safety and order to the McPherson community.
“Aspects of a strong public safety presence is just one of many attractive traits that make McPherson a coveted place for existing and new residents whether they are stopping in temporarily for college or whether they have decided to make McPherson a permanent home,” he said.
Police Chief Robert McClarty echoes Gregory’s thoughts. “Hearing about the survey ‘The Safest College Town’ and that McPherson is one of the safest communities in the United States makes me proud of my officers and staff,” said McClarty. “The recognition of the excellent relationship which exists between our colleges, residents and the McPherson Police Department is outstanding. This is just another example of what makes our community a great place to live, work, and pursue higher education.”