Quality-of-life expert and researcher Bert Sperling conducted the study and looked at a number of factors — including economic stability, crime statistics, extreme weather, housing depreciation and employment rates — to determine the top 20 list of secure cities, which were broken down by population size.
Holland-Grand Haven landed on the top of the list for mid-size cities, followed by Green Bay, Wis.
Keith VanBeek, assistant Ottawa County administrator, said the county works toward having solid services and a fantastic community that is a place people want to live.
"It's outside recognition that we have a fantastic community," he said. "It's one of those outside indicators" that what the county is doing is working.
Stacy Segrist Kamphuis, owner of Holland-based The Insurance Group, wasn’t surprised the area made the top spot, noting the Lakeshore has a low crime rate and very few natural disasters.
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