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

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’s “2021 Most Neighborly Cities in America” list. 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’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

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Source: Realtor Magazine and “2021 Rankings: The 25 Most Neighborly Cities in the U.S.,” (Sept. 28, 2021)

"Copyright NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®. Reprinted with permission."

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