How to Meet People in Your Neighborhood
Do you know your neighbors? If you don’t, you’re not alone. According to a recent study, only 31% of Americans claim to know most of their neighbors. This number is higher for rural neighborhoods than urban neighborhoods, but it overall speaks to a problem with meeting people.
Why do people not seem to know their neighbors as much as they used to? There are a few different factors at play such as high turnover in residential areas, the rise of technology and “neighborhood apps,” and also just less need to know the people near you.
What’s a homeowner to do if they want to meet people in their neighborhood? If you’re wondering who to go to when you need a cup of sugar or even just someone to check your mail while you’re away, it’s time to get out of your comfort zone. Here’s how to meet people in your neighborhood.
Why Meet People in Your Neighborhood?
First, why should you bother meeting people in the first place? There are a few different reasons it’s important to get to know your neighbors. The biggest concern is keeping your home safe. When your neighbors know you, they’re more likely to keep an eye on your home and your property.
However, safety isn’t the only reason to know your neighbors. Consider these reasons as well:
- Social life – There are usually community events throughout the year that make it worthwhile to know your neighbors. Don’t you want to feel involved?
- Shared responsibilities – Having neighbors you know and trust will help you share responsibilities around the area. You might agree to clean up common areas together or mow each other’s laws in the summer. These small things make a big difference.
- Helping hand – Who knows, you might actually need that cup of sugar after all? Having a friendly relationship with your neighbors means there’s someone around to ask for help when you need it.
Now that you know why it’s important to meet your neighbors, let’s talk about how to actually put yourself out there. In the age of technology and apps, it isn’t’ always easy to make those in-person connections.
Start With a Hello
The best way to meet your neighbors is also the simplest. It starts with a simple hello! Whenever you pass a neighbor in the hallway (if you live in an apartment) or on the street, just say hi. You can introduce yourself personally and ask how their day is going.
If possible, start your introductions early. Saying hello to your immediate neighbors when you first move in is a great way to make sure you feel welcome. It might also make sense to ask to exchange contact information in case of an emergency.
Remember those online apps we talked about earlier? They’re not all bad. Using neighborhood apps like Nextdoor or local Facebook groups is a great way to stay in touch with neighbors, especially those you don’t see every day.
Using the app to answer questions, propose community events, and just being a helpful neighbor will go a long way. This is also an important way to stay on top of any neighborhood situations such as crime, emergencies, and so on.
If you want to meet people in your neighborhood, it pays to help out. Volunteering in your community will not only help you meet people with similar interests and values, but you’ll also do some good along the way.
You can volunteer in your neighborhood or building by planning events, helping clean, or just organizing meetups. If this isn’t an option, joining local organizations and participating in events through them is also a way to get involved.
Explore Local Spots
Finally, don’t be a homebody. We all love staying inside sometimes but getting out and exploring those local spots is the best way to meet people. Whether you visit your neighborhood park with your dog after work or always spend Sunday mornings in your local coffee shop, become a regular.
You can bet there will be local neighborhood regulars who start to join you as well, and this is the best chance to strike up a conversation. Once again, don’t underestimate the power of a hello!
Put Yourself Out There
Whether you’re selling your home and moving to a new place for the first time or you’ve lived in your home for a while, it’s important to get to know your neighbors. Today, it’s so easy to feel disconnected from those around us. Why not become a friendly face in your community?
These tips will help you meet people in your neighborhood whether you live in an apartment or a single-family home. It’s time to get out of your comfort zone!