Houston: the most neighborly big city in America

Paul HiebertData Journalist
September 06, 2016, 5:59 PM GMT+0

New data from YouGov Profiles reveals that 74% of Houston residents know their neighbors and often say hello

It's a long-standing assumption that people who live in small towns are more friendly and neighborly than people who live in big cities. Data from YouGov Profiles bears this out: people who reside in cities are less likely to say hello to their neighbors than people who live in towns, suburbs, or rural areas.

But how do America's top cities rank amongst each other? Matching data from YouGov Profiles with the country's most populous cities, the numbers show that at 74%, Houston, Texas, is the place where people are most likely to state that they often say hello to their neighbors and know who they are. San Antonio (70%) came in second place, followed by New York (68%), Phoenix (67%), then San Diego (64%). At 58%, Chicago came in last.

Breaking the country into four regions — West, Midwest, South, and Northeast — reveals that the South takes the title for most neighborly, with 70% of its residents indicating that they often say hello to their neighbors and know who they are. The West was least neighborly, with 63%.

The data also shows that residents of Houston, San Antonio, and Dallas/Fort Worth are least likely of America's 10 biggest cities to say they don't like making small talk with people in their community. All this makes the South — and Houston, especially — sound like a very neighborly place to live.