With all the craziness happening in the world these days, it's great to hear that there are still some safe places in this world, especially when it's right in your own backyard.

For the second consecutive year, our very own Central Texas College (CTC) was cited as the safest college campus in Texas. According to a recent study completed by StateUniversity.com, CTC ranked first in the state and sixth in the nation based on campus crime statistics accounting for the severity and frequency of crime. The statistics are based per 1,000 students.

StateUniversity.com compared crime stats of more than 450 colleges and universities nationwide and assigned each school a safety score based on frequency and severity of crimes reported. CTC earned a safety rating of 99.08 and was the one of two Texas schools to make the top 10 in the country.

Safety ratings were determined based on the number of occurrences of aggravated assault, robbery, burglary, theft/larceny, motor vehicle theft and more violent crimes. Violent crime is given more weight in the ranking system and has a greater effect on the safety rating than non-violent crime such as theft. CTC had no incidents of violent crime.

So, it's great to know there are still some places that are considered safe with all that happens in the world.