Trying to dwell in a spot the place everyone seems to be blissful to share a cup of sugar, or on the very least, a smile with their neighbors? Then, now’s the time to move over to Madison, Wisconsin.
Neighbor.com, a peer-to-peer storage market, unveiled the findings from its fourth annual “Most Neighborly Cities in America” rankings. To determine which spots are essentially the most neighborly, the corporate analyzed information on numerous communities’ charitable givings, charges of volunteer work, in addition to crime statistics, which the web site mentioned assist to precisely mirror “the core values of unity and neighborliness that make a metropolis really nice.”
This yr, the successful metropolis was Madison, which the web site added, has constantly ranked extremely in its annual survey for its dedication to charity.
“In these difficult instances when Individuals report growing loneliness and division, recognizing America’s ‘Most Neighborly Cities’ is not only a celebratory act, however a name for unity and hope,” Joseph Woodbury, the founder and CEO of Neighbor.com, shared in a press release obtained by Journey + Leisure. “Good neighbors heal our society’s greatest wounds, beginning with the smallest pleasant gesture. The true magic of group is the power to uplift and amplify our affect. At Neighbor, we’re constructing a group of neighbors serving to neighbors, and everybody’s invited.”
Becoming a member of Madison within the high 10 most neighborly cities are Minneapolis; Colorado Springs, Colorado; Sarasota, Florida; Rochester, New York; three cities in Utah (Provo, Salt Lake Metropolis, and Ogden); Raleigh, North Carolina; and Richmond, Virginia.
“We could not be happier that Madison has earned the title of America’s most neighborly metropolis. This recognition is a mirrored image of the nice and cozy, supportive, and proactive group spirit that does not simply reside in Madison however is the heartbeat of all of Wisconsin,” Anne Sayers, Wisconsin’s tourism secretary, mentioned in a press release. “This is not simply an accolade; it is a name to motion for all Wisconsinites to proceed fostering an setting the place neighborliness and group cohesion are celebrated each day. And to everybody else, we prolong an open invitation: come expertise the neighborly spirit of Madison and see what makes our group — and our state — so particular.”
So, what makes an excellent neighbor, anyway? Past the rankings, the web site additionally revealed the result of its Neighbor survey, which polled 1,000 Individuals on what they consider builds robust communities. It discovered that folks love a fantastic get together, noting, “90 p.c of Individuals plan to take part in neighborhood occasions as a lot or extra over the following yr. The highest two actions they worth in the neighborhood are park gatherings with dwell music, video games, or films (46 p.c) and block events (29 p.c).”
Moreover, the survey discovered that it is the little issues that depend when somebody is in want of a neighborly serving to hand. In line with the survey individuals, the most effective methods to assist a neighbor in want are to “retriev[e] and safely stor[e] mail whereas they’re out of city (34 p.c), help with yard work (31 p.c), and even passing alongside household recipes (29 p.c).”
So subsequent time your neighbor heads out on trip, supply to snag their mail for them. Odds are, they’d do the identical for you too.