Forbes partnered with Nextdoor.com, a social network for neighborhoods, to
determine the friendliest towns in America. A total of 500 towns with
populations between 5,500 and 150,000 were included in the study and ranked on
the percentage of owner-occupied homes, crime rate, charitable giving, and
percentage of college graduates. Studies have shown home ownership can increase
neighborhood stability and college-educated people have been found to display
more civic engagement.
The following towns emerged as the top 6 friendliest towns in the nation,
according to the study:
- Sammamish, Wash.: a Seattle suburb where nearly 90 percent
of households own their own homes.
- Orinda, Calif.: Just outside of Oakland, this suburb boasts
a 92 percent of owner-occupied units.
- Fishers, Ind.: This town has a very low crime rate and
year-round community activities.
- Seal Beach, Calif.: An â€œOrange County seaside enclaveâ€ in
which about 75 percent of residents own their homes.
- Westerville, Ohio: A Columbus suburb boasts about 40 parks,
and a very low crime rate.
- Frisco, Texas: Fast-growing suburb in which the population
has grown from 40,000 to 120,000 since 2000 and 80 percent of its risdents own
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Source: â€œAmericaâ€™s Friendliest Towns,â€ Forbes (December 2012)