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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.

The Beast ! January 16, 2013 at 12:54 AM
Long Beach calls Seal Beach racist, pulls buses. http://www.ocregister.com/articles/beach-361074-seal-long.html
Johnny Utah January 16, 2013 at 01:12 AM
That picture is the seal beach booze cruise on bikes aka peddler. Was it based from that lol?
Paige Austin January 16, 2013 at 01:19 AM
ok, you caught us! The picture is from the Peddler...you have to admit; everybody looks friendly!
Seth Eaker January 16, 2013 at 02:43 AM
Not at all surprising! We are a great community of wonderful people. We are so fortunate to be part of it.
Nikki Illingworth January 16, 2013 at 03:23 PM
Paige, I would imagine everyone would be happy during the peddler ! Haha. What a great time to get a picture of our town .
CDC January 16, 2013 at 04:33 PM
"makes it really cool to see many different birds that others do not have"???? The last I heard birds have wings and can fly. They are also in Bolsa Chica and a lot of other areas that you can actually walk in without getting shot.
CDC January 16, 2013 at 04:40 PM
You forgot one... http://losalamitos.patch.com/articles/seal-beach-gets-major-retailers-rossmoor-gets-frustrated
S.A.P. January 16, 2013 at 05:07 PM
Grumpy/unfriendly comments here? I wonder if these people are NOT Seal Beach residents (and are just here to talk smack) or if Forbes just didn't come across them when deciding the friendliness of each city.
My Portfolio Guide (Matt Pixa) January 16, 2013 at 05:30 PM
Love living, working, and playing in Seal Beach! Great town with everything a family could ask for.
Pam Choate January 16, 2013 at 06:59 PM
I recently moved from Seal Beach and found it to be a very friendly place! I will always hold Seal Beach near and dear to my heart and look forward to returning to My favorite haunts: Angelo's Deli, 320 Main, Walt's Wharf, Tank Farm to name a few...
Coop January 16, 2013 at 10:08 PM
I guess cancelling bus service to Long Beach because we don't want "those people" in our town is friendly....and don't plan on dining at family friendly Ruby's Diner on the pier, we ran them out of town.
Johnny Utah January 16, 2013 at 10:43 PM
I used to live in Seal and yes it was a happy place, but it's too close to Long Beach.
Marc Loopesko January 17, 2013 at 01:29 AM
& the 4th friendliest city to live in has the #1 friendliest 5 & 10K run this April. Sign up now for it: www.RunSealBeach.com
Seth Eaker January 17, 2013 at 04:54 AM
Marc, I couldn't agree more! Register now for the Run on April 13th, 2013. www.RunSealBeach.com Also, if you have an elementary school child, the t-shirt contest is up and running! Check it out on the website and in the Sun Newspaper.
LosAl Girl January 17, 2013 at 01:59 PM
What is a "Patch" community as referenced above?
Panglonymous January 17, 2013 at 04:07 PM
...because the first thing that springs to mind when you think of Forbes readers is 'friendly.' ;-) @LosAl Girl Towns with a Patch presence/site. Each of the eight listed at the end of the story are linked to their respective sites - just click 'em.
ROBERT E. FISHBACK January 17, 2013 at 04:27 PM
LosAlGirll Right now, I think it a mostly disfunctional family with tag-a-long thinkers
Panglonymous January 17, 2013 at 05:17 PM
And here's where Patch communities are purportedly headed (a site redesign) in the coming months: http://bellmore.patch.com
Paige Austin January 17, 2013 at 06:02 PM
Hi LosAl Girl, a Patch community is one where we have a Patch site with reporters covering the news, business listings for every shop in town and residents blogging, commenting and directing us toward the local stories they want covered. Our goal is to become your source for all things local. The Los Al site is one of about 900 Patch sites nationwide.
LosAl Girl January 17, 2013 at 07:21 PM
Thanks everyone for helping to clarify what a "Patch" community is. I never heard that term before. I especially liked the response from Robert. Humor is what keeps us all sane, right? At least I took it as humorous...;-)
ROBERT E. FISHBACK January 17, 2013 at 07:31 PM
Hi LosAngirl..Yes, meant to be funny. Another way to think of it is "A free service that helps you realize you are not as bad off as you thought you were :) Bob
ROBERT E. FISHBACK January 17, 2013 at 08:09 PM
I wished I lived in Seal Beach..Congrats on your great achievment...Back in 1955,Readers Digest called Tulsa "America's Most Beautiful City." That was in 55 mind you. .
Linda Covey January 20, 2013 at 12:56 AM
We visit my Aunt there and we can think of no other place in CA that is more perfect as a place to live. EVERYONE on her street seems to know who is who and they go out of their way to be caring to her and each other.
julie Ruiz January 20, 2013 at 04:50 PM
That Is Me ...Yes Peddler...Still The Happiest Place To Live!!! Julie Ruiz
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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