Whether you live in a small town or urban metropolis, access to neighborhood amenities can make you more satisfied with your home and community. One study found that 45% of Americans who live in walkable neighborhoods with parks, libraries and restaurants rate their community as excellent. Further, two-thirds of Americans in large cities with access to few or no access to amenities say they’d gladly ditch their current zip code if given the opportunity.
So, which upgrades make a community great? We ran a survey to see which neighborhood feature is most desired, and then took a look at U.S. cities who offer the best amenity access for residents.
Our findings revealed that:
- 41% of Americans rated local shops and restaurants as the top neighborhood amenity
- Hartford, Conn. is the best city in the U.S. for local shopping and dining
- The Northeast is the friendliest region for independent business owners
Because Americans desire neighborhood features (like independent restaurants and local retailers) most, living in close proximity to these amenities can improve both your community satisfaction and your home’s property value.
Below, we’ll walk through our survey findings and highlight the three best neighborhoods in each region for homeowners looking to eat and shop local! You can also jump to our infographic to learn how you can support your favorite small businesses during COVID-19 shutdowns.