Crime & Safety
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.
Growing up in Oberlin, you're exposed to a lot of different people and ideas. Literally anything can happen. I find that I'm more open minded than others from different cities than mine. I love that I can just walk around feeling completely safe at any time of day and I could go and sit down town in Tappen Square, in the grass. Its a nice safe place to grow up in and I'm happy I got to experience life in a place like Oberlin. But just like every town, it has its cons. I wish everything wasn't for the college students. I hate that they own half of the town and can ban community members from stepping on college grounds. That makes it hard to live here considering how small Oberlin is. This town is built on equality and diversity but the public schools choose the white and "smart" kids to help and leave the rest of us to figure it out. They make it seem like they believe that we're the problem. The principals are twisted. But at least I'm about to graduate.
Oberlin is a pretty close-knit city. Everyone knows everybody here, and that is either a positive attribute to you or a negative one. The schools are inconsistent, but the general atmosphere is safe and you can trust your kids to walk around.