How Neighborly Are You

Dated: 01/16/2018

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Love them or hate them, you're stuck with your neighbors...until a For Sale sign pops up, of course.  Knowing the people who live nearby can help ensure the safety of your home - an extra pair of eyes on your house while you're away doesn't hurt - but being a nice neighbor is also just the right thing to do.

Safehome conducted a recent survey with 1000 participants.  The survey covered many areas with regards to how neighborly we are and what groups tend to be the most neighborly.  

Nearly 30% of Americans admit they don’t even know their neighbor’s first name. But at least 90% have smiled or spoken to their neighbors—at least once, according to a new survey of more than 1,000 Americans released by Safehome, a home security systems review resource.

53% of Americans say they’ve introduced themselves when a new neighbor initially moved in, but they won’t likely become best buddies. Only a fraction of Americans (34%) say they’ve been in their neighbor’s home or vice versa, and only 16% have hung out with neighbors outside of the neighborhood.

Baby boomers tend to be the most neighborly generation, according to the survey. 67% of baby boomers said they’ve spoken to their next-door neighbor frequently, while only 36% of millennials have said they’ve done the same.

In a look at neighborly behavior across ethnic lines, Asian-Americans were found to participate the least among in neighborly reactions at 39%, followed by Hispanic participants at 40%. Caucasians and African-Americans performed more neighborly reactions—such as smiling and chatting—at 49% and 46%, respectively. 63% of all respondents reported not often speaking to neighbors of a different race.

“Knowing your neighbors doesn’t just extend your social circle—it can also have a good effect on your mental and physical health and increase the security of your home,” according to the Safehome report. “You may even have a friend, partner, confidante, or baby sitter living next door that you never even knew existed.”

So perhaps the statistics here will encourage us all to take a few steps outside of our comfort zone and be a better neighbor.

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