Sammamish named 'Friendliest Town in America'December 24, 2012 @ 10:43 am
Sammamish, the popular Eastside community known for quiet neighborhoods and terrific high school athletes, has been named the "Friendliest Town in America" by Forbes and Nextdoor.com, a social network.
A total of 500 towns with populations between 5,500 and 150,000 were included in the study and ranked on the percentage of owner-occupied homes, crime rate, charitable giving, and percentage of college graduates.
According to the study, home ownership can increase neighborhood stability and college-educated people have been found to display more civic engagement.
The following towns emerged as the top six friendliest towns in the nation, according to the study:
1. Sammamish: The Seattle suburb where nearly 90 percent of households own their own homes.
2. Orinda, Calif.: Just outside of Oakland, this suburb boasts a 92 percent of owner-occupied units.
3. Fishers, Ind.: This town has a very low crime rate and year-round community activities.
4. Seal Beach, Calif.: An "Orange County seaside enclave" in which about 75 percent of residents own their homes.
5. Westerville, Ohio: A Columbus suburb boasts about 40 parks, and a very low crime rate.
6. Frisco, Texas: Fast-growing suburb in which the population has grown from 40,000 to 120,000 since 2000 and 80 percent of its residents own their homes.
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