National Geographic did a nationwide survey combining analytics from over 200 neighborhoods across the US, and determined that the Heights is one of the friendliest places in the country. No big surprise here! If you’ve lived in the Heights for a while, you probably already have a solid appreciation of what a great place it is to live. If you’re just thinking about moving as of now – come on in, the water’s fine!
The survey took into account factors including walkability, home prices, public spaces, and the number of restaurants, nightlife options, and other fun things to do. Social media mentions were included in the analysis, as well as perception data mined from online sources like Yelp and TripAdvisor. Only urban areas were in the running, so don’t feel slighted if your super-friendly small hometown didn’t make the cut.
Who else made the list? Chicago’s Wicker Park, Hell’s Kitchen in New York, Japantown in San Jose, Boston’s Back Bay, and West Omaha, just to name a few. Second Street in Austin and El Segundo in El Paso were the other Texas additions to the group.
National Geographic sang the praises of the historic homes and easy walkability of the Heights, as well as bike access to downtown, and of course, the plethora of great places to get tacos and BBQ. Our 19th Street neighbors got a shout-out too, with specific mentions of AG Antiques and the Art Car Museum, as well as the charm and quirky appeal of the block in general. Of course, we already knew we were surrounded on all sides by awesomeness, but it’s always nice to hear others recognize their greatness.
Whether you’re a long-time Heights lifer or a relative newcomer, we hope you’re enjoying living here and taking advantage of all the perks of living in one of the friendliest neighborhoods in America. We sure are!