Local university ranked 19th of safest college towns in U.S.

MARQUETTE — A local university was recently ranked 19th of the safest college towns in America.

Marquette, home of Northern Michigan University, is the 19th safest college town in America, according to a ranking released by The SafeWise Report. Quality academic programs and affordability are important considerations in choosing a college. But a Wearsafe Labs survey indicated 70 percent of parents consider campus safety a critical factor as well. To formulate the report, Safewise security experts evaluated the most recent FBI crime statistics available.

The Marquette description on the SafeWise website reads: “In Marquette, you’re never too young to become part of the solution to public safety issues. The Marquette City Police Department has a youth services bureau that provides educational programs about everything from bicycle safety to youth violence prevention. Working in conjunction with Northern Michigan University’s Department of Public Safety and the County Sheriff’s Department, crime is held to a minimum in this Upper Peninsula city. Marquette averaged 2.10 violent crimes per 1,000 residents in 2015, and property crime was just 12.81 per 1,000. In addition, the city reported a total of 45 violent crimes, and there were zero counts of arson and murder.”

For more information, or to view the full report, visit https://www.safewise.com/blog/safest-college-towns-america/.