Are you a good neighbor? Helping to create a sense of well-being in your community is the key to a happy neighborhood, yet it seems that fewer Americans are taking time to engage with their neighbors.
We ran a survey exploring neighbor relationships in the U.S. and found that a majority of Americans aren’t friends with their neighbors in real life. We also took a look at the growing popularity of online neighborhood groups and how digital conversations were impacting neighbor relations as a whole.
Our survey findings revealed that:
- Only 33% of Americans consider their neighbors friends or close friends, whereas 66% consider their neighbors strangers or acquaintances.
- 27% of Americans are active in online neighborhood groups.
- Americans in the Midwest region are most likely to be friends with their neighbors.
- 1 in 4 Americans consider their neighbors strangers.
Having good neighbors helps foster a sense of community and trust, and it can also make your home safer. A Nextdoor survey found that over 67% of homeowners feel safer when they know their neighbors.
Below, we’ll take a look at neighbor relations across the U.S., as well as provide some helpful solutions to connect with the stranger next door.