Many people from this area have attended or have children who attend Appalachian State University in Boone. You will be happy to know that The National Council for Home Safety and Security has announced their annual Top 100 Safest Colleges Report for 2017 and ASU comes in at number 15 on that list. Appalachian State is the only North Carolina University to make the list. The report is based on data from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting and the National Center for Education Statistics. Population, criminal crimes such as murder, manslaughter and robbery, as well as domestic violence crimes and weapons, drug and liquor violations were considered in the study. Those colleges and towns that did not have crime information listed were excluded.