Northfield was recently rated #15 on a list of the “50 Safest College Towns in America” by SafeWise.
“Originally a milling town south of Minneapolis, Northfield has become a town renowned for the liberal arts tradition thanks to Carleton College and St. Olaf College. In spite of their reputation as idyllic bastions of higher education, these colleges take a realistic stance on public safety and crime. St. Olaf, for example, emphasizes community policing, while Carleton provides the “Community Concern” form to alert residents of threats to public safety. Similarly, the City of Northfield operates an online clearinghouse for concerned citizens, in which residents can log non-emergency concerns, complaints, and requests to the city police, building inspector, and public works.”