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America’s Friendliest, Most Spirited and Most Dog- and Kid-Friendly Neighborhoods, According to Trulia

Trulia, a home and neighborhood site for homebuyers and renters, has announced the national and…

  • January 8, 2019

Trulia, a home and neighborhood site for homebuyers and renters, has announced the national and local winners of The 2018 Neighborly Awards.

Nearly 10,000 neighborhoods spanning coast to coast were ranked based on more than 20 million written reviews and answered polls by participating locals on Trulia Neighborhoods’ What Locals Say feature.

Trulia announces national and local winners of The 2018 Neighborlys to celebrate America’s most beloved neighborhoods where locals love to live.

Winners include neighborhoods in Oakland, Calif., Orlando, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, Long Beach, Calif., and Gilbert, Ariz.

The 2018 Neighborlys National Winners:

Friendliest Neighbors: Trestle Glen, Oakland, Calif. – Neighbors can make or break a neighborhood. In fact, more than half of Americans (52%) say having neighbors you can get along with is among the most important attributes when it comes to the neighborhood they live in according to a recent Trulia survey conducted online by The Harris Poll.

Residents of America’s most friendly neighborhood, Trestle Glen, are quite friendly as 97% of participating locals report that they say “hi” to their neighbors when they are out and about according to Trulia’s analysis.

Many residents tell us they “love all their neighbors” and that it is “hard to believe just how friendly the neighbors are.”

Runner-up: Kenny, Minneapolis, Minn.

Dog-Friendliest: Baldwin Park, Orlando, Fla. – Many Americans say their neighborhoods must love dogs. More than one in four U.S. adults (27%) say having a dog-friendly area is one of the most important attributes when it comes to the neighborhood they live in.

Baldwin Park tops the list for being dog-friendly with 100% of participating locals saying that they often see neighbors walking their dogs. This neighborhood is also home to an annual Doggie Derby, a road race for dogs that benefits a local charity.

Runner-up: Downtown, Portland, Ore.

Most Holiday Spirit: Bridesburg, Philadelphia, Pa.– Some neighborhoods love celebrating the holidays with festive home decorations and events, from extravagant Candy Cane Lanes for Christmas and spooky haunted houses for Halloween.

Bridesburg won for being the most spirited neighborhood. Local traditions, like the decades-old St. John Cantius Christmas Bazaar, no doubt add to the holiday spirit where 96% of participating locals in Bridesburg say they decorate their home for the holidays.

Runner-up: Sardis Woods, Charlotte, N.C.

Best Social Calendar: Linden Hills, Minneapolis, MN – Some Americans love a good community block party. When asked, 14% of U.S. adults said neighborhood activities, such as clubs, groups, block parties, and festivals, are among the most important attributes when it comes to the neighborhood they live in.

This is the case in Linden Hills, which won for having the best social calendar. In fact, 76% of Linden Hills respondents say they’ve attended a local community event, which include daily concerts and movies at Lake Harriet during the summer, and winter events like Reindeer Day, the Winter Kite Festival, and Winterfest.

Runner-up: Fairmount, Fort Worth, Texas

Most Walkable: Belmont Heights, Long Beach, Calif. – A slight majority of Americans (55%) say proximity to amenities such as restaurants, shops, and grocery stores is among the most important attributes when it comes to the neighborhood where they live in.

Belmont Heights wins for being America’s most walkable neighborhood — 99% of participating locals tell us they can walk to restaurants, and say they love living in this neighborhood because they “can walk to the beach, dinner or shopping.”

Runner-up: Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Kid-Friendliest: Power Ranch, Gilbert, Ariz. – An overwhelming proportion of parents with children under 18 say safety (73%) and a quiet neighborhood (59%) are among the most important attributes when it comes to the neighborhood they live in.

In America’s most kid-friendly neighborhood, 97% of Power Ranch’s participating locals reported regularly seeing kids playing outside.

Most likely, these youngsters are enjoying the neighborhood’s long list of kid-friendly amenities that include year-round heated pools, stocked fishing ponds, soccer fields, basketball courts, and over 26 miles of connected trails – perfect for family walks and bike rides.

o Runner-up: Roosevelt Island, Manhattan, N.Y.

To learn more about The Neighborlys’ national and local winners in Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York metro, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Tampa, and Washington D.C., visit:

Trulia Neighborly Awards Methodology

Designed to helps prospective buyers and renters quickly grasp if a neighborhood has the right fit and feel for their lifestyle, Trulia Neighborhood’s What Locals Say feature surfaces insights straight from the people who know the neighborhood best: locals.

The feature provides both written neighborhood reviews and feedback on topics we know prospective buyers and renters care about, like if there is easy parking, or if people talk to their neighbors, or decorate their homes for the holidays.

To determine which neighborhoods were most beloved by locals, Trulia ranked nearly 10,000 neighborhoods using more than 20 million answered polls from Trulia Neighborhood’s What Locals Say feature. Written reviews were used to help vet each winning neighborhood but were not factored into the rankings.

National and local winners in 18 major housing markets were selected based on positive local reviews to the questions below, then ranked by the highest number of respondents.

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