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Old 12-21-2012, 02:55 PM
 
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wow - shocked to see queen creek, az make the list ..... not exactly known for owner occupied homes or a high percentage of college grads
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Old 12-21-2012, 03:07 PM
 
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Another failed methodology rankings....Apopka, FL at #14??? I live not far from Apopka and can tell you it's not exactly a bastion of friendliness and light.....it's a random middle class suburb of Orlando with just the right proportion of population to charitable giving. Had anyone given thought to the fact that one or two very generous benefactors who happen to live in Small Town "X" skew the results???
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Old 12-21-2012, 03:11 PM
 
Location: Clayton, MO
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Another failed methodology rankings....Apopka, FL at #14??? I live not far from Apopka and can tell you it's not exactly a bastion of friendliness and light.....it's a random middle class suburb of Orlando with just the right proportion of population to charitable giving. Had anyone given thought to the fact that one or two very generous benefactors who happen to live in Small Town "X" skew the results???
Good point!
Also, I wonder if the statistics come from personally walking the streets or driving there and visiting the down towns. Likely not...
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Old 12-21-2012, 05:46 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Warning: Turn your speakers off, this is one of those sites that blasts you with commercials (I got dryer sheets), even while you are trying to figure out how to cycle through the list and see that nearly all of them are country club suburbs that are way way too expensive for you to even think about living in, and if you're a minority, forget it -- very unlikely you will find any friendliness. All appear to be suburbs that the New York City editors of the magazine thought might be tolerable places if you were sent there on the witness protection program.
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Old 12-21-2012, 06:19 PM
 
Location: Deltana, AK
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Ugh, I remember Sammamish being just a snobby upper middle class suburb between Redmond and Issaquah, not an actual town... Definitely wasn't feelin' the friendly vibes there, though it doesn't surprise me that it met the criteria used. A little further out, in North Bend, Duvall, and Carnation is way more pleasant and "friendly" in a real sense.
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Old 12-21-2012, 09:04 PM
 
Location: northern Vermont - previously NM, WA, & MA
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Yeah whatever, another Forbes list. Everyone know how meaningless they are.
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Old 12-22-2012, 05:16 AM
 
Location: Hernando County, FL
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Nextdoor examined over a thousand towns and cities across the U.S. and then took the top 500 based upon the Nextdoor Neighborhood Index (NNI) for neighborhood engagement. This NNI ranking took into consideration the most engaged Nextdoor neighborhood websites, looking at both number of active members across neighborhoods within a town or city, as well as the amount of content posted by members
Nextdoor says you are friendly if your town has a Nextdoor website
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Old 12-22-2012, 09:19 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Yeah whatever, another Forbes list. Everyone know how meaningless they are.
Does anybody who reads Forbes have any concept at all what the word "friendly" even means? Backslappers at the country club, maybe? Soccer Moms carpooling in their Escalades?
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Old 12-23-2012, 02:49 AM
 
Location: Belgrade, MT
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Hamilton NY is very nice and it was the fastest growing town in the Syracuse NY metro area during the last census. It is also home to Colgate University.
I've been to Hamilton, NY/Colgate several times for football games. It's a cool, relatively low-key college town, but I'm not sure if it's one of the "friendliest. It's almost too small to be that friendly. Personally, I prefer Norwich which is about 25 miles south on NY 12.

Ithaca is, without a doubt, the "ultimate" NY college town/cool town imo. I love the vibe of Ithaca, Cortland, Hanover NH, Plattsburgh, Burlington, Bozeman(I live 10 minutes away), Missoula, Amherst...
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Old 12-23-2012, 09:30 AM
 
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Not sure about the college graduate one, but as for home ownership I can see the rationale. Home owners generally are more personally invested in keeping up their homes, and being involved in community. A larger portion of renters than home owners have a more temporary attitude, so less goes into the community.
Yeah...is about transiency. People who own their homes generally stay put longer than renters and certainly take better care of their homes. Staying put longer means putting down more roots/getting to know more people in the community...ie..."being friendly". That's obviously not to say that renters can't be friendly people at all.....but I understand why it was a criteria they used.

That being said...most of the towns on this list are simply affluent suburbs in major metro areas.
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