2ND Street named one of the nation's friendliest neighborhoods

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The 2ND Street district in Austin has been named one of the friendliest neighborhoods in the nation by National Geographic.

The list, compiled with the help of Vancouver-based Resonance Consultancy, was developed to “offer starting points to explore American cities: enclaves full of places to delve into, people to meet, and enough bonhomie to make you want to return again and again,” says the magazine.

Resonance Consultancy used statistics and user-generated data from more than 200 U.S. cities, considering criteria like walkability, home affordability, public spaces and prevalence of restaurants, breweries, cafés, and more. The company also used social media and data from TripAdvisor and Yelp to generate a list of zip codes which were then correlated with existing neighborhoods.

In addition to the 2ND Street district, the Heights in Houston and Chihuahita/El Segundo in El Paso also made the list representing Texas.

The list also features neighborhoods in Albuquerque, N.M.; San Francisco; Boston; Honolulu; Chicago; Seattle; Charleston, S.C.; Boise, Idaho; Los Angeles; Anchorage, Alaska; Myrtle Beach, S.C.; San Diego; Savannah, Ga.; New York City; San Jose, Calif.; Las Vegas; Asheville, N.C.; Old Naples, Fla.; Madison, Wis.; Orlando, Fla.; Miami; Colorado Springs, Colo.; Tulsa, Okla.; Washington, D.C. and Omaha, Neb.