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University Cities Are Safer

We’ve done some research comparing University Cities to other cities the same size, and to larger cities. The latest FBI crime statistics show that violent crime in university cities is, on average, 11% lower than other cities the same size, and 19% lower than the largest 15 cities.

And yesterday, Gallup released a survey of 189 cities, asking people how safe they feel walking home. University Cities Fort Collins, Madison and Lincoln came in at #2, #11 and #12.

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University Cities Satisfy

University City Fort Collins topped Gallup’s list of most-satisfied cities, with 94.9% saying they were satisfied with the city they lived in. University Cities Madison and Lincoln were #9 and #12 out of the list of 189 cities. Lexington was #32 and Ann Arbor came in at #35.

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University Cities Make You Famous

New York Times contributor and Google analyst Seth Stephens-Davidowitz, PhD found that you are more likely to be famous if you grew up in a large city or a university city. Three of the six university cities (Lexington, Ann Arbor, Madison) landed in his top 3% for producing famous and accomplished people — as defined by having a Wikipedia entry.

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Welcome to University Cities!

UniversityCities.org seeks to explore the concept of University Cities. These cities — there are six of them — have outgrown their college-town status and created dynamic economies around the major research universities at their center. It turns out that these cities are quite different from others, sharing DNA that naturally produces highly educated workforces, out-sized arts and cultural sectors, big-city entrepreneurial activity and very low violent crime rates, all with a low cost of living. In short, these are cities built perfectly for the knowledge economy.

The cities are: Ann Arbor, Durham, Fort Collins, Lexington, Lincoln and Madison. Each fits the criteria: a city and MSA population between 250,000 and 1 million, a major research university in its urban core, and students making up at least 10 percent of the population. 

This new species of city has not been identified and studied…until now. The office of Lexington Mayor Jim Gray started the project with the hopes of engaging the other five cities. 

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