Some of the safest places to walk at night in America are right here in Michigan

As the weather begins to slowly warm, Michiganders come out of hibernation in droves to celebrate spring. As the sun sets a little later each day, many of us enjoy taking an evening stroll around our communities. We can now feel even more comfortable in capitalizing on our long overdue spring, thanks in part to a study performed by Gallup–Healthways.

The study recently ranked the Holland/Grand Haven area number one in mid-sized metropolitan areas for feeling most secure at night. Grand Rapids/Wyoming area ranked number two for feeling most secure at night within large metropolitan areas.

Gallup and Healthways scored a number of different factors to come to their conclusion. These include: economic stability, crime statistics, extreme weather, risk of natural disasters, housing depreciation, foreclosures, air quality, environmental hazards, life expectancy, motor vehicle fatalities, and employment numbers.

The Holland/Grand Haven area shows that 86 percent of the population feels safe walking around the towns at night. As one of the best coastal areas in the state of Michigan, there is plenty to experience while you visit both Holland and Grand Haven. Check out the suggestions below, or visit their websites to plan your trip!


• Lake Michigan beaches
• Downtown shopping
• Tulip Time Festival (and other Dutch traditions)
• Museums
• Bike Trails
• Sailing
• Skiing
• Fall color tour

Grand Haven

• Lighthouse and pier
• Boardwalk
• Lake Michigan beaches
• Musical Fountain
• Downtown shopping
• Bike Trails
• Rosy Mound dunes
• Charter boat fishing

Photo credit: Pete Lounsbury

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