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At Mt. SAC, students feel very safe, and feel that there are always security officers patrolling, escorts available, and the strategically placed emergency phones lend to the secure atmosphere. There are occasional reports of cars being broken into, but in general, students are not worried about criminal activity on campus. In the town of Walnut, crime is low, too. A murder occurs only once every few years, and nearly as rare, cases of arson or forcible sex offenses. All types of crime in Walnut occur at a lower rate than both the national and California average. Walnut is a very safe place to live and crime is not something on the minds of its residents.
Of the 30,000 residents of Walnut, 63% are Asian, 20% are Hispanic, 12% are White, and 3% are Black. Family households make up 90% of the population of Walnut. There are 3.4 people per household on average in Walnut. Only 11% of residents do not have a high school diploma, compared to the Californian average of 23.2%. There are only 14 sex offenders in Walnut, which is 1 in 2,186; markedly lower than average. At Mt. SAC, 46% of students are Hispanic, 23% are Asian, 16% are White, and 5% are Black. In every 100 students, 54 are female, and 46 are male. The average age of students is 34, and 65% of all students are from the local area of California. Of the 35% not from closeby, there is a growing population of international students from Taiwan, South Korea, China, and other Asian countries.