Slippery Rock ranked among the 50 safest college towns in America

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Sept. 10, 2015

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah - Slippery Rock Borough in Butler County is ranked among the safest college towns in the United States according to Utah based SafeWise, a safety and home security company.

Using the most recent FBI crime statistics from 2013, SafeWise calculated the total number of crimes committed in each American town with at least one academic institution of higher education. They then weighted those numbers in relation to population statistics and other important factors.

Finally, SafeWise researched relevant safety, health and educational programs that help make each "Safest College Town" safer and more secure.

Slippery Rock was ranked #11 among the nations safest college towns.

The report noted, "Since 1889, Slippery Rock University has changed and adapted to the surrounding world just as much as the town after which it's named. The SRU Women's Center, for example, now partners with the Victim Outreach Intervention Center (VOICe) of Butler County in order to train student advocates who assist victims of sexual assault. Student advocates assess violent incidents, make referrals as appropriate, advocate for victims, and reassess courses of action, providing the community with a refuge from violent and abusive situations."

In addition to Slippery Rock, three towns in Pennsylvania made the list, Clarion is ranked #17, Millersville is ranked #22 and California is #29. Brookings, South Dakota, home to South Dakota State University, topped the list at #1.

To see the complete list of safest college towns click here.