Crime & Safety
I love the diversity of the college students in the town. Basically, I found that almost everything I read/heard/experienced about Oberlin was pretty amazing. The quality of academics aside - music pervades the atmosphere there, students love discussing and are very intellectual, and they are politically active. It also seems like a place where you can be whomever you want to be and be perfectly accepted. The atmosphere seems comfortable, intellectually nourishing, and homey (community feel). My interview was by far the most comfortable interview I've had. My interviewers and I had some fun conversations, laughed, and just talked - they didn't try to pry academic information from me or sell Oberlin. They just wanted to find out who I was, put a face to all those stats. They sent ME a thank you card, and then admission sent me a birthday card! More than any other school with the possible exception of Hampshire, I felt that Oberlin really cared about who I was as a person.
If you're a liberal person, Oberlin is the town for you. I moved here the summer before my sophomore year of high school and immediately found that I fit in way better than I had anywhere else. It's a small town so there aren't endless things to do, but the college often has programs you can attend and the downtown area is lined with unique shops. The Ginkgo Gallery sometimes has kittens in the back that you can play with, which is definitely worth a visit.
I generally feel very safe here, particularly on the college campus, as do the considerable numbers of students who walk alone or in small groups at night. There are, however, (very) occasional reports of harassment or drug overdoses within the county. Rent is affordable, there are reasonably priced places to eat, and concerts are most often free. The culture of the college and that of the surrounding area, however, are almost entirely different. It makes for some interesting encounters.