Love Thy Neighbor

Houston Ranks In The Top 5 Cities With Least Annoying Neighbors

The most common complaint among Houstonians? Loud parties.

By Shelby Stewart March 2, 2022

According to a new Home Advisor study, 92 percent of Houston residents consider themselves to be good neighbors.

We’ve all been there. Peeping out the window at our neighbors, taking a parking spot that wasn’t yours, or even throwing a loud party. These are the makings of an annoying neighbor. 

A recent study finds that Houstonians don’t fair so badly when it comes to being annoying neighbors. The nation’s fourth-largest city also sits in the top 4 when it comes to cities with the least annoying neighbors (this fourth place spot is shared with Dallas, Los Angeles, Seattle, and New York), according to the study from online homeownership marketplace, HomeAdvisor. The company found the best and worst neighbors in 25 of the largest U.S. cities in a survey of 2,200 Americans. 

Too much noise and parking disputes are what made up the top complaints. Lucky for us, our Bayou City neighbors aren’t that bad. According to the study, 92 percent of Houston residents consider themselves to be good neighbors. That’s a neighbor who’s being friendly, covering the usual neighborly activities, such as introducing themselves to new neighbors, allowing neighbors to borrow something, or even looking after a neighbor’s home when they’re away. 

The survey also looked at the most annoying habits people have witnessed from next-door residents. The top five habits were people-watching through the windows, using security cameras to spy, looking in others' windows, gossiping, and checking social media to share information about a disturbance.

Still, Houstonian's biggest gripe, according to the numbers, is noise complaints; we get a 2.6 out of 5.  And if this study is right, it’s because we like to have a good time, since those complaints are usually about loud parties, the most common noise quibble from Houston neighbors. 

However, our Southern hospitality and friendly demeanor also shine through in other aspects of the study. Of the 206 Houston residents surveyed, 62 percent know most, or all, of their neighbors, and 58 percent of those consider them to be friends. 

But annoying neighbors can be found in all Texas cities. Houston, though, is a bright spot.  In comparison, the No. 1 most annoying city happens to be our neighbors in Fort Worth, who received a 3.3 out of 5 rating, with the top complaint of general noise. El Paso, Austin, and San Antonio follow directly behind for most annoying neighbors, with complaints being loud conversation, general noise, and loud parties.

For those looking to get away from those pesky neighbors, the study suggests leaving Texas and moving to cities such as Phoenix, Boston, and Oklahoma City.

More information on Home Advisor’s methodology can be found here. 

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