ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Rochester has been ranked the most neighborly city in America, according to a new list from Neighbor.com.

The ranking was based off factors such as number of charitable donations, hours volunteered, overall happiness, and other “neighborly characteristics,” the website said.

Flower city, which came in second last year, has slid up to the top after ranking highest for neighborly acts, volunteering, charitable giving, and happiness. It beat out other New York cities including Poughkeepsie (#8) and Albany (#23).

Rochester climbed from the #2 spot last year to claim the top ranking, and it’s no surprise — this very neighborly city ranked third overall for neighborly acts and fourth for volunteering. That’s alongside high scores for charitable giving and happiness, too.

“What a bright spot to be ranked the number-one most neighborly city in America,” said Rochester Mayor Malik Evans. “Like many other cities across the country, Rochester has its share of struggles, but this recognition is a testament to our residents’ generosity, kindness, and volunteerism and reminds us that together, we make our city a great place to live.”  

Top 25 Neighborly Cities

  1. Rochester, New York
  2. Madison, Wisconsin
  3. Provo, Utah
  4. Oxnard, California
  5. Grand Rapids, Michigan
  6. Raleigh, North Carolina
  7. Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  8. Poughkeepsie, New York
  9. Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
  10. Des Moines, Iowa
  11. San Jose, California
  12. Colorado Springs, Colorado
  13. Minneapolis, Minnesota
  14. Ogden, Utah
  15. Seattle, Washington
  16. Salt Lake City, Utah
  17. New Haven, Connecticut
  18. Portland, Oregon
  19. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  20. Honolulu, Hawaii
  21. Toledo, Ohio
  22. Springfield, Massachusetts
  23. Albany, New York
  24. Allentown, Pennsylvania
  25. Spokane, Washington

On top of ranking the most personable places, 1,000 Americans were surveyed on what current events positively (and negative) affects their desire to become buddy-buddy with neighbors. The survey revealed the following findings:

Following the last few months of pain at the pump, 30% of respondents said they’ve felt encouraged to hang out with their local friends more.

After the last two years of pandemic shutdowns, economic struggles, and isolation, 42.5% of respondents said that they’re more willing post-pandemic to help out a neighbor in need. 41% have said the are now more likely to support small businesses.

When it comes to their neighbors, respondents said that even political partisanship won’t stop a positive neighbor relationship. 44% of respondents said they recognized differing political affiliations, and it won’t stop their desire to be neighborly.

Neighbor is a Utah-based company that connects individuals with unused attics, basement, driveways, and garages to people looking to rent affordable self-storage.

“The need for connection is a fundamental human need and is the foundation of a functioning society,” said Neighbor Founder and CEO, Joseph Woodbury. “One of the marvelous things about a community is that it enables us to connect with and help people in a way we couldn’t as individuals.”