Michigan Tops the List for America’s Most Nosy Neighbors
Having a neighbor can offer some advantages, such as making new friends, receiving invitations to cookouts, and borrowing ingredients when needed. However, it can also bring its share of challenges, particularly when living next to a prying neighbor. Many individuals have encountered situations with intrusive neighbors, ranging from unexpected visits to unwelcome looky-loos.
All Star Home, a home improvement service company, surveyed all states to investigate nosy neighbors. The survey covered various aspects, including neighbors’ activities and Americans’ measures to deal with overly curious neighbors. Each response was assigned a score representing nosy behavior, and the scores were averaged to determine the overall score for each state and city. The final scores were adjusted on a scale of 0 to 100, with 100 indicating the highest level of nosiness. Some states were excluded due to a lack of responses, namely Alaska, Delaware, Hawaii, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont, and Wyoming.
The states with the nosiest neighbors.
Michigan claimed the top spot for nosy neighbors, scoring 90 out of 100. Half of the local residents reported catching their neighbors peering over their fences. Furthermore, the survey revealed that Detroit ranked third for having the nosiest neighbors.
Overall, 2 in 5 Americans admitted to experiencing unannounced visits from neighbors, while 1 in 12 encountered neighbors snooping through their mail or packages. Interestingly, snooping was a two-way street, as nearly 2 in 5 Americans confessed to looking up their neighbors’ property values online. Additionally, 3 in 10 people admitted to searching for their neighbors on social media, and 1 in 7 even went as far as looking up their neighbors’ jobs or employers online.
The second and third spots for nosy neighbors are South Carolina and Kentucky, with scores of 87.8 and 85.2. Memphis, TN, Louisville, KY, and Detroit, MI are the cities with the nosiest neighbors.
Meanwhile, New Mexico leads the way with the least nosy neighbors. Minnesota and Washington follow behind with scores of 64.0 and 68.2. Seattle, WA, Los Angeles, CA, and Philadelphia, PA are the cities with the least nosy neighbors.
Check out the complete ranking here.