Low angle view, group of volunteers busy working by arranging vegetables and clothes on donation boxes and noting down during coronavirus covid-19 pandemic lockdown for needy people

Boston has been voted #1 for “informal helping.” You may be wondering what the heck is “informal helping?” It is defined as “assisting others outside of an organizational context, including doing favors for neighbors.” The website Americorps.com did a survey recently where they examined examined the 12 biggest metropolitan cities in the U.S. and evaluated them based on informal and formal volunteering. Boston topped the list for informal helping with a rate of 57.9%. When was the data taken and how is it rated? The study was done during September 2020 to 2021 when COVID-19 was at its highest peak and people were either willing or not to help their fellow neighbors by volunteering or by simply doing something nice.

If you are looking to move to a different city, and you expect your neighbors to lend a helping hand, DO NOT move to Miami. Miami was ranked as the least neighborly city in America with 35.5% of residents willing to help their fellow residents.

As far as “formal helping,” which is described as helping within a more formal, organized environment like a charity or charity event, “​​23.2% of Americans, or 60.7 million people, formally volunteered with organizations between September 2020 and 2021.” Montana came out on top of that category with a rate of 68.8%.

There were other categories that were rated including people with children under 18 are more likely to help with 58% of them willing as opposed to people without kids under 18 with 49%. Also it looks like veterans are more likely to want to help their neighbors. 59% of veterans are more willing to help their neighbors as opposed to 51% of non veterans. And the generation more willing to help their neighbors is the baby boomer generation at a rate of 59%.

So if you’re looking to move to a new city and being friendly and helpful is important to you, take a look at this list before you make your decision.

  • Informal Helping #6 - Atlanta 40.8%

     

    Atlanta listed as one of the 'most neighborly' cities in the U.S.

    If you live in Atlanta, you're likely to have neighbors who look out for you, whether they do you a favor now and again or they volunteer in the community.

  • Informal Helping #5 - LA 41.7%

    One of America's top tourist destinations ranked as least neighborly city in country

    Miami, Florida, was ranked as the least neighborly city in America, beating other cities with notorious reputations for being standoffish, such as New York, Boston and Philadelphia. AmeriCorps, using U.S. Census Bureau data, examined the 12 biggest metropolitan cities in the U.S. and evaluated them based on informal and formal volunteering.

  • Informal Helping #4 - New York City at 43.6%

    Miami the least neighborly city in US, according to new survey

    Maybe it's because of all the New Yorkers flocking there, but Miami residents ranked last for neighborliness in a recent survey. Even more shocking, rivals Boston, Philadelphia and Chicago all topped the Big Apple when it comes to helping others.

  • Informal Helping #3 - Chicago at 54.6%

    Analysis | America's friendliest big cities are not the ones you'd expect

    At the risk of being pilloried as the Department of Crude Urban Stereotypes, we'll admit we were astounded and confounded to read that one of our favorite federal data sets named Boston and Philadelphia as the most helpful major cities in America.

  • Informal Helping #2 - Philadelphia 57.8%

    Philly has been ranked as a rude city in many surveys but they are the runner up when it comes to helping.

    Brilliant, accurate study ranks Philly among most helpful cities in the country

    It turns out, America's rudest city is also one of its nicest. A new report by the country's leading volunteer agency says Philadelphia is one of the most helpful cities in the United States. According to AmeriCorps, Philadelphia ranked second for civic engagement, with more than half its residents informally helping people and nearly 30% formally volunteering for good causes.

  • Informal Helping #1 - Boston 57.9%

    Are Philadelphia and Boston really the most neighborly cities in America?

    Local At the risk of being pilloried as the Department of Crude Urban Stereotypes, we'll admit we were astounded and confounded to read that one of our favorite federal data sets named Boston and Philadelphia as the most helpful major cities in America.

  • Formal volunteering rate #5 - Boston 25.4% tie

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  • Formal volunteering rate #5 - Phoenix 25.4% tie

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  • Formal volunteering rate #3 - Chicago 27.6%

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  • Formal volunteering rate #2 - Washington D.C. 27.9%

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  • Formal volunteering rate #1 - Philadelphia 28.7%

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