By Valerie Wigglesworth/Reporter
Frisco’s neighborly hometown feel is getting a boost from a new national survey out this week.
Frisco has been ranked one of America’s Friendliest Towns in the survey by the San Francisco-based social network Nextdoor.com and Forbes magazine. Frisco finished sixth among the 25 cities selected for the honor. Frisco is the only Texas city to make the list.
The rankings looked at neighborhood engagement of cities with populations of less than 150,000. Points were awarded based on crime rates, percent of college graduates, percentage of houses that are owner occupied and charitable giving. The top 50 towns were then researched for their community centric activities, availability of such things as parks, volunteer groups, community events, parades, holiday activities and other neighborly activities.
“This rapidly-growing suburb centers around sports. There’s an athletic center for residents and several venues host professional teams in hockey, soccer, minor league baseball and D-league basketball,” the magazine writes. “Still, 80% of residents own their homes and the community has a large Neighborhood Watch Group dedicated to improving quality of life and reducing crime. The Parks and Recreations Department hosts a 5K ‘Frosty Run’ and Breakfast with Santa and neighborhoods plan events like July 4th parties and Easter Egg hunts, according to Nextdoor.”