As Americans adjust to the new normal of social distancing, it can be challenging to stay active, engaged, and connected with our neighbors. Improvenet recently surveyed 2,500 Americans from across the country to learn more about how neighbors are getting along during the COVID-19 pandemic. They found that 69% of Americans have gotten to know their neighbors better during the pandemic and 65% have made an effort to be more friendly than usual. 57% say neighbors have helped to fill the void of visiting with friends and family during the pandemic. 54% say they’ve had at least one socially-distanced gathering with neighbors during the pandemic. During the pandemic, 67% have offered help of some sort to their neighbors and 62% say they’ve received the same offer in return.
One major takeaway is that Americans have seemingly gotten closer to their neighborhoods and are also increasingly grateful for these relationships with their neighbors. The increased exposure to our neighbors’ routines has offered a glimpse into our neighbors’ lives that we might not otherwise see. 57% said they were surprised by neighbors routines or lifestyle based on what they had seen.