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Forbes Names Seal Beach 4th Friendliest Town in U.S.

The magazine found its 15 welcoming winners by ranking crime data, home ownership, charitable giving and numbers of college graduates.

Hey neighbor!  You live in the 4th Friendliest Town in America, according to the latest Forbes’ ranking.

The magazine recently released its list of top 15 pleasant places. While Seal took fourth, Sammamish, Washington took first. 

To hone in on the most-welcoming communities, the magazine used data from the U.S. Census, the FBI, the Chronicle of Philanthropy and City-data.com to judge metropolitan areas with populations between 5,500 and 150,000. The four main criteria they used for judging were:

  • Home ownership, (according to Forbes, studies have shown a direct correlation between homeownership and neighborhood stability
  • The crime rate
  • Charitable giving
  • Percentage of college graduates (according to Forbes, research shows college-educated citizens typically display more civic engagement, having higher rates of voting and volunteerism.)

The magazine then teamed up with www.nextdoor.com, which did surveys of residents to finalize the top 15.

Seal Beach Mayor Pro Tem Ellery Deaton said she thinks her city deserves the ranking because of the quality of life, the way the neighbors treat each other and how the locals form “a really tight nit community. “

“I think they're just a really low-key, happy-to-be-here folk,” Deaton said. “I think everyone one of us feels privileged to live in Seal Beach.”

You can see a photo slideshow of the top 15 friendliest towns by clicking here. 

Including Seal Beach, eight of the 15 friendliest towns are Patch communities.

julie Ruiz January 20, 2013 at 04:55 PM
Seal Beach...Is The Mayberry By The Sea..... We enjoy all the shops and restaurants in town...Would not want to live anywhere else!
Josie January 23, 2013 at 03:40 AM
Seal Beach has many residents from different cultures and nationalities and we all get alone great. How could we be called a racist town?
Laura Westall March 19, 2014 at 11:26 AM
I still remember walking down 8th street and seeing Joe in an oxygen mask after this http://losalamitos.patch.com/groups/police-and-fire/p/half-naked-neighbor-battles-apartment-fire-then-passes-out Friendly town with AMAZING People!
Joe Ferraro March 19, 2014 at 12:06 PM
Thank you Ms. Westall. Thank God I was in a position to help and that Joanie was not home at the time. However my Wife Samantha said If I Ever take a chance like that again she's going to kill me...lol Grateful Seal Beach resident for 46 Years Joseph Ferraro

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