We need neighborly love right now – at a safe distance, of course. In a recent poll of 2,500 Americans, we set out to learn how neighbors are getting along and where in America their bonds are tightest.
The response we heard from respondents is a ray of light in an otherwise dark year. No matter how it may look on social media, neighbors in America tend to like and care for each other – many spend time socializing, and most are quick to offer a helping hand. Denver’s known for being one of the friendliest places in the country. I often hear clients moving here say it’s a little weird how friendly people are initially but you get used to it and it starts to rub off on you!
If ever there were a test for neighborly bonds, it would be a global pandemic. So many aspects of this crisis have put pressure on neighbor relationships, most notably the fact that we’re now in and around our homes all the time.
It’s All Good in the Neighborhood
Sixty-nine percent of those we surveyed have gotten to know their neighbors better during the pandemic, and 65 percent have made an effort to be more friendly than usual. Even better, nearly seven in 10 Americans say they appreciate their neighbors more than ever, as a result of what’s transpired this year. These data make up a resounding takeaway from our survey: in 2020, Americans have gotten closer to the people they live near, and they are increasingly grateful for those relationships.
Relationships between neighbors go well beyond a smile and wave on the weekend. Nearly one in four people report frequently socializing with their neighbors and 86 percent get together at least occasionally. Fifty-four percent of those we surveyed report they had at least one socially-distanced gathering with neighbors during the pandemic.
The Friendliest Neighbors in America
Finally, Improve Net wanted to determine which among two dozen of our country’s most populous cities is home to the most and least friendly neighbors (and the most and least helpful neighbors). Here are the results.
If there you’re looking for friendlier neighbors or the pandemic has made you think about moving I’m happy to help!