The island has been called a lot of things by national media — gritty, dusty, faded, just to name a few.
So, it’s refreshing that the historic seaport city was ranked No. 9 on the Top 10 list of America’s friendliest small cities based on research by real estate site Movoto. Click here for the full report.
Movoto looked at 100 cities with less than a 50,000 population and ranked their friendliness based on crime, charity, gift stores, Facebook likes, etc.
Here’s the ranking:
1. San Luis Obispo, Calif.
2. Charlottesville, Va.
3. Olympia, Wash.
4. Palm Springs, Calif.
5. Harrisburg, Penn.
6. Littleton, Colo.
7. Jopelin, Mo.
8. Grapevine, Texas.
9. Galveston, Texas
10. Coral Gables, Fla.
And here’s the seven criteria in Movoto's words:
• Violent crime rate (friendlier residents = less stabbing)
• Percent of income given to charity (friendly folks spread the wealth around)
• Flower and gift stores per capita (more stores = more demand for gifts)
• Card and stationery stores per capita (ditto)
• Bars per capita (the classic socializing spot)
• Farmers’ markets per capita (a great place for residents to interact)
• Religious organizations per capita (being nice to your neighbors is kind of a big deal in all religions.
• Facebook likes (friendly places make more digital friends).
So, would you agree Galveston is friendly? What’s so friendly about it? And what’s the friendliest thing an islander has done for you lately?