Two Utah County cities named to SafeWise’s 50 Safest College Towns in America

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Utah Valley University is the largest university in Utah. (Photo by UVU Photo)

Two Utah County cities made SafeWise’s list for “50 safest College Towns in America.” Orem ranked No. 15 while neighboring city, Provo, came in at No. 33.

Home to Utah Valley University, Orem frequently makes lists for best places to live. Orem, which has a population of 95, 640 people, has 0.68 violent crimes per 1,000 people and 25.59 property crimes per 1,000 people, according to the study.

“Called ‘the quintessential family town’ by Money, Orem invokes the kind of small-town nostalgia found in ‘Leave It to Beaver’ — but with a truly modern flair,” SafeWise wrote to explain why Orem made the list. “The city features an All-Together Playground that has accommodations for children of all abilities and the public library offers coding classes for kids (no big surprise for a city smack-dab in the middle of the Silicon Slopes).”

The only other Utah city to make the list, Provo, came in at No. 33. Provo, which has a population of 115,739, has 1.29 violent crimes per 1,000 people and 23.44 property crimes per 1,000 people. Provo is home to Brigham Young University. Classes for BYU will begin for the 2018–19 school year on Sept. 4, 2018 while UVU already began classes on Monday, Aug. 20.

To determine the safest college cities in America, SafeWise used the most recent FBI crime report. Cities needed to exceed 15,000 residents and be home to an accredited college that offered four-year degrees in order to be included in the study. The study excludes for-profit institutions, technical and vocational schools, community colleges, seminaries, field-specific institutions, and schools that only offer two-year degrees.

See the full list of “50 Safest College Cities in America” here.

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Rebecca Lane

While her first language is sarcasm, Rebecca dabbles in English and Russian to achieve her lifelong dream of being a journalist. A BYU sports fan, reading enthusiast and wannabe world traveler, Rebecca is a Colorado transplant that is convinced Colorado's mountains are much larger than the many Utah County peaks. Rebecca manages UtahValley360.com for Bennett Communications. Follow her on Twitter @rebeccalane.

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