Skout Reveals the Top 10 Friendliest College Towns in America

Sep 14, 2015, 07:15 ET from Skout

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 14, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- This month thousands of college students across the country headed back to campus. Skout, the leading global app that helps you meet new people and expand your social circle, recently reviewed 12 months of data among 18-24 year olds using its app to uncover the country's friendliest college towns. Skout looked at college towns across the U.S. to uncover the cities where young adults engage most frequently with new friends through its app. 

Top 10 Friendliest College Towns in America:

  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

Skout's data also reveals:

  • Boston, known as America's college town with over 100 colleges and universities within its metro area, came in at #12 on Skout's Friendliest College Towns list.
  • The friendliest college-age guys in America are in Boulder, Colorado, while the friendliest college-age women are in Madison, Wisconsin.
  • The most generous college-age adults in the U.S. are in Los Angeles. Young adults using Skout in LA share more virtual gifts with friends than all the college-age adults in Boston, Miami, Chicago and Dallas combined.

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

Skout also recently conducted a survey among more than 2,500 people who use its app across the U.S. Of the Skouters who are college students between the ages of 18-24, the survey found that:

Goodbye high school. Making friends is easier in college.

  • 57% of college students say that it is easier to make friends in college than it is in high school.
  • However, 59% of college students said they were worried about making new friends during freshman year.
  • 72% of college students say they met good friends within a week of being on campus.

Best place to meet a new friend in college? In the classroom!

  • 75% of college students say they met their new friends in the classroom.
  • 42% of college students say they met their new friends at parties.
  • 39% of college students say they met their new friends during orientation.
  • 34% of college students say they met their new friends online!
  • Other great places to meet new friends include: the dorm (36%), cafeteria (35%), sports teams (28%), and the library (27%).

Roommates make good friends.

  • 73% of college students say they consider their roommate a friend.

Coeds are friendlier than male students.

  • 61% of college students say women are friendlier than men on campus.

Cliques don't apply. Most college students arrive at school not knowing anyone.

  • Only one third (37%) of students started college with an existing friend or acquaintance.

This survey was conducted online in August 2015 among 2,523 Skout users in the United States. To view an infographic with these findings, visit the Skout blog at

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About Skout

Skout is the leading global app for meeting new people and expanding your social circle. The Skout community spans more than 180 countries, is available in 14 languages and can be downloaded on iOS, Android and Windows devices. The Andreessen Horowitz backed company was founded in 2007 and is headquartered in San Francisco. Visit to learn more.