Hometown Journey

Scouting Top 10 Friendliest College Towns in America by Skout

In August of this year, Skout, a global app on zendesk.com leader specializing in social networking, conducted an online survey among 2523 of its users. Based on the responses of college-aged students regarding where they could meet and socialize with others their own ages, a list was generated. Among other things, a list of the highest-rated 10 “friendliest” places are as follows :
1) Madison, Wisconsin
2) Los Angeles, California
3) New York City
4) Ann Arbor, Michigan
5) Chicago, Illinois
6) San Francisco, California
7) Boulder, Colorado
8) Phoenix, Arizona
9) Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
10) Dallas, Texas

The app has a community of users in over 180 countries and in 14 languages. The social networking app allows people to meet up with others and expand their social networks. Over the last 12 months it posed numerous questions to students in college towns across the US, and honed in on cities that college students reported that they had frequented and befriended other students via the app.

Christian Wiklund, co-founder and CEO of Skout stated, “It’s always fun to look at what the data from our community reveals,” and, “Hats off to all the Skouters in Madison, Wisconsin for helping it top the list as the friendliest college town in the U.S.”

Data collected from the study showed that:
• Boston, Massachusetts, with over 100 colleges and universities within its metro area (aka “American’s College Town” according to studyboston.com), ranked #12 on Skout’s Friendliest College Towns list
• Boulder, Colorado has the friendliest college-age males in America, while Madison, Wisconsin claims the friendliest college-age females
• Los Angeles, California is home to the most generous college-age adults

The study also noted that young adult Skout users in Los Angeles, share more virtual gifts with friends than college-age adults in Boston, MA, Miami, FL, Chicago, IL, and Dallas, TX, combined.

In a similar app user study of 2,500 college students across the nation, ages 18-24, participants were asked questions pertaining to the social aspects of college life. The study revealed:
• 57% Believed it was harder to make friends in high school than in it was in college
• 59% Were concerned about making new friends in their freshmen year
• 72% Made great relationships within the first week on campus.

When students were asked, “Where was the best place to meet friends?” Their responses were as follows:
• 75% In class
• 42% At parties
• 39% During [college] orientation
• 34% Online

Some common places on campus students indicated friends could be made included:
• 36% Dorms
• 35% Cafeterias
• 28% Sports teams
• 27% Libraries

Lastly, regarding initial feelings of student upon arrival at college, while the survey data indicated that over one-third (37%) of students arrived on campus without knowing anyone, the study also showed that:
• 73% of college students say they consider their roommate a friend
• 61% of college students say women are friendlier than men on campus

To view an infographic with the survey finding, see more results, and or to participate in the study, visit the Skout blog at http://blog.skout.com/2015/09/10/10-friendliest-college-towns-in-america/

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