Howdy neighbor! Good ones are hard to beat and wanted to find the cities with the best of the best. After weighing charitable giving, volunteering, happiness and more, one clear winner rose to the top.

Madison, Wisconsin claimed the number one spot, probably because it’s also ranked the #1 Happiest City in America! It also leads the nation in nonprofits per 100,000 residents. reports that Madisonians spend plenty of free time volunteering and performing kind acts for neighbors.

Here’s the full list of the Top 25 Most Neighborly Cities:

  1. Madison, Wisconsin
  2. Rochester, New York
  3. Portland, Oregon
  4. Minneapolis, Minnesota
  5. Des Moines, Iowa
  6. Washington, D.C.
  7. Boston, Massachusetts
  8. Seattle, Washington
  9. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  10. Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  11. Raleigh, North Carolina
  12. San Jose, California
  13. Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
  14. Grand Rapids, Michigan
  15. Bridgeport, Connecticut
  16. Salt Lake City, Utah
  17. Spokane, Washington
  18. Oxnard, California
  19. Allentown, Pennsylvania
  20. Indianapolis, Indiana
  21. Colorado Springs, Colorado
  22. Durham, North Carolina
  23. Provo, Utah
  24. Baltimore, Maryland
  25. San Francisco, California

To compile the list, considered factors like charitable giving and volunteering, as well as happiness, low crime rates and where non-profits thrive. They also surveyed 1,000 people around the country and asked what it meant to be a good neighbor. 29 percent said they hang out with their neighbors weekly and most people (65.8%) have at least 2 neighbors they can rely on to help out when they’re out of town.

If you’re curious how this year’s rankings compared to 2020, you can read the full report online. Cheers to good neighbors everywhere!

—Sarah Shebek

Featured image courtesy of Edward Cisneros, Unsplash



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