Number of Grand Rapids residents who feel unsafe doubles in 3 years, survey finds

Residents who feel unsafe doubles in GR

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - Residents of the City of Grand Rapids feel less safe in their neighborhoods than in previous years. That's according to new research from Grand Valley State University.

The 2016 VoiceGR survey was conducted by the Johnson Center’s Community Research Institute last fall and asked about issues such as education, housing, employment, inclusion and health.

Fifteen percent of those surveyed said they feel “somewhat unsafe” or “very unsafe,” compared to just seven percent in 2013.

According to a press release, the results are used by residents, neighborhood associations, schools, nonprofits, funders, local government and businesses to inform their programming and day-to-day decisions.

"[VoiceGR survey] helps us understand how local government, businesses and nonprofits can work together to better serve the citizens of greater Grand Rapids," said Mayor Rosalynn Bliss.

Also noted in the survey, residents feel community cohesion is a top strength, but there continue to be differences by demographics in how respondents rate Grand Rapids as a place to live.

White people responded the most positively, followed by Asian, multiracial, American Indian, Hispanic/Latino, and black/African American people.

Complete survey results are available by clicking here.

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Kayla Fortney is a digital producer at WZZM 13. Have a news tip? Email news@wzzm13.com, visit our Facebook page or Twitter.

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