To summarize, the people of Holland, Michigan are consistently voted as amongst the happiest people in America. Why is that? This city boasts double-digit unemployment and bitterly cold winters, but the happiness of the residents just shines on through. Holland, a picturesque city on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan, boasts a population of 35,048, an annual tulip festival, and beautiful beaches.
The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index released Monday ranks the Holland statistical area, which includes Grand Haven, second in health and well-being in the nation — beating out cities in Hawaii, California and Utah. The survey scored each city on emotional health, physical health, healthy behavior, work environment, access to necessities and life evaluation. The results are based on more than 350,000 telephone surveys made during 2009. In 2008, Holland was third on the list.