Hope's hometown has again received national recognition, this time from Kiplinger's Personal Financemagazine.
Holland, Michigan was cited as one of 50 "Smart Places to Live" in the publication's June issue. The rankings emphasized criteria including affordability of housing, low cost of living, quality health care, a low crime rate, weather, education, cultural amenities, transportation and economic vitality.
Holland was one of two Michigan cities on the list. The other was Ann Arbor, hometown of the University of Michigan.
Holland has received a variety of honors in the past decade. In 2002, the National Trust for Historic Preservation named Holland a "Distinctive Destination," one of only 12 nationwide. In 1997 the National Trust's National Main Street Center presented Holland a "Great American Main Street Award." (The Hope campus is within a block of Holland's central business district.) In 1996, the National Civic League selected Holland as an "All-America City."