Neighbor.com has released its annual ranking of the nation’s most hospitable cities. It’s based on factors such as residents’ willingness to volunteer, donate to charity, having a low crime rate and – new this year – demographic changes and voter turnout.
10. Richmond, VA
Between 2020 and 2022, the city welcomed 30,000 more residents due to its position as the state capital, and its lower cost of living. The city also ranks in the top 10 for voter turnout.
9. Raleigh, NC
Raleigh, the capital of North Carolina, ranks ninth on the list of most hospitable cities in the United States. The city’s temperate climate, expanding economy, Southern friendliness and diversity attract many new residents, and its 180 miles of greenways have earned this community the nickname “City of Oaks”
8. Ogden, UT
Ogden, the oldest city in the state, is known for having half of all residents report supporting a local group through volunteer work. It is also known for its opportunities to enjoy the outdoors.
7. Salt Lake City, UT
Ranked sixth overall for volunteerism, voting participation, and safe neighborhoods. The city is also close to numerous outdoor adventures and natural attractions, drawing many nature lovers.
6. Provo, UT
Provo, which is regarded as one of the best places to start a business and attracting many new residents from across the country, ranked sixth this year thanks to the high percentage of its residents who volunteer. The cost of living in this pleasant Utah city is also rather reasonable.
5. Rochester, NY
A terrific area to live and visit is Rochester, New York, which ranks highly for charitable giving and volunteerism. The city is located along the picturesque Lake Ontario and is recognized for its welcoming citizens.
4. Sarasota, FL
The fourth most neighborly city on this list is a brand new entry in the top 10. Sunny Sarasota, which saw a 3.4 percent increase in population between 2021 and 2022, earned the right to take the fourth spot by attracting the most new residents.
3. Colorado Springs, CO
Volunteerism is highest among Colorado Springs residents. As many as 69 percent of locals volunteer for a nonprofit organization, making the city the third most volunteer-friendly city in the country this year. Due to the year-round popularity of outdoor and adventure activities in the city, property values have increased as tourists seek permanent residence.
2. Minneapolis, MN
This city lives up to the Midwest’s reputation as one of the friendliest regions in the country. The Mall of America, numerous scenic lakes, great food and entertainment – you’ll find it all in Minneapolis, another university town. It ranks second nationally in philanthropic donations and volunteerism this year.
1. Madison, WI
As the nicest city in the country, Madison takes the top spot again this year. Madison, the capital of Wisconsin, is home to a thriving university, an abundance of opportunities and the largest farmers-only market in the country. The city is known for its proximity to nature, delicious food and craft beer, making it a fantastic area to meet up with your neighbors at a festival or beer garden.