McPherson is ranked #2 as the safest college town in the United States, by a study conducted by LendEDU, due to its low crime rate. Data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, LendEDU calculated the safest college towns. McPherson Police Chief Robert McClarty says “the recognition of the excellent relationship which exist between our colleges, residents and the McPherson Police Department is outstanding”. Kishwaukee College in Malta, IL came in first place. Other Kansas towns and their ranking include: El Dorado #7 and North Newton #23.