Two northern Colorado metro areas are among the top 10 safest in the country, according to a Gallup poll released April 15.
The Gallup Organization and Healthways, a well-being improvement company, surveyed thousands of adults living in metropolitan areas to determine the ranking. Participants were asked if they felt safe walking alone in the city or area where they live in 2012-2013.
A large majority in the Fort Collins-Loveland residents, 84.9 percent, reported feeling safe walking alone at night. Only members of the Holland-Grand Haven metro area felt safer, with 85.7 percent of residents stating that they had no problem going out after dark.
Boulder tied with the San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles area in California, for the nation’s 9th safest community. Both metro areas had 80.4 percent of residents respond that they felt comfortable walking alone after dark.
This year, Fort Collins-Loveland and Boulder have landed within the top ten of several polls conducted by Gallup. The communities ranked high for city satisfaction, overall well-being and lowest obesity rates.
Gallup found that communities that ended up on the list for least safe metro areas, also ranked low on other well-being measures.
Out of 189 metro areas surveyed, McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, Texas, community was the only one to have less than half of its residents report feeling safe. Just 48.5 percent of the community reported that it was OK for them to walk alone after dark.
The Texas metro area also was also lowest on Gallup’s list of communities least likely to struggle to afford housing.