Benton-Stephens named a top college town neighborhood

Thursday, September 8, 2011 | 9:01 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — named Columbia's Benton-Stephens neighborhood as one of the top 10 college town neighborhoods for adults.

The list was compiled using FBI crime statistics from 2009, according to the MSN website. Benton-Stephens "ranks below the national average in five of nine crime-rate categories" by Its per-person education level also ranked high, scoring a nine on a scale of 10.

Kip Kendrick, the Benton-Stephens community president, said people have been moving back to the area “in search of a community where they feel at home.”

“We truly believe this recognition is not only important for Benton-Stephens, it's also a great recognition for the city of Columbia as a whole,” he said in an email.

Kendrick said it's a great honor to represent Columbia.

Benton-Stephens is defined by as "south of Interstate 70 and a short stroll from downtown Columbia, which is just north of the Mizzou campus."

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