25 Most ‘Neighborly’ Cities in the U.S.

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Which cities have the friendliest people living next door? Look in Madison, Wis., for those who want a more neighborly feel to where they live. Madison topped Neighbor.com’s “2021 Most Neighborly Cities in America” list.

Neighbor.com identified the most neighborly locales by analyzing data around charitable giving, volunteering, community well-being, gauges of happiness, and low crime rates.

Their research revealed the following characteristics that respondents say make for good neighbors:

  • 79% said those who’ve done at least one favor for their neighbor in the past year
  • 62% said those who hang out with their neighbors at least a few times a year
  • 66% say those who’ve had at least two neighbors they can depend on to do favors like watering their plants or picking up their mail

Here are the 25 most neighborly cities, according to Neighbor.com’s 2021 list:

  1. Madison, Wis.
  2. Rochester, N.Y.
  3. Portland, Ore.
  4. Minneapolis
  5. Des Moines, Iowa
  6. Washington, D.C.
  7. Boston
  8. Seattle
  9. Pittsburgh
  10. Milwaukee
  11. Raleigh, N.C.
  12. San Jose
  13. Harrisburg, Pa.
  14. Grand Rapids, Mich.
  15. Bridgeport, Conn.
  16. Salt Lake City
  17. Spokane, Wash.
  18. Oxnard, Calif.
  19. Allentown, Pa.
  20. Indianapolis
  21. Colorado Springs, Colo.
  22. Durham, N.C.
  23. Provo, Utah
  24. Baltimore
  25. San Francisco