SAN FRANCISCO, March 10, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Trulia®, a leading online destination for homebuyers and renters, and actress Minka Kelly have teamed up to celebrate the start of the 2016 home shopping season by unveiling the Best Neighborhoods in America.
Based on an evaluation of key amenities and features for consumers, Trulia has uncovered the Best Neighborhoods in America in small, medium, and large cities.*
"As someone currently in the market to purchase a new home, I know how important it is to find the perfect place to call 'home' which, to me, includes a neighborhood that fits my needs," said Minka Kelly. "Trulia has been a great ally for me during this process. Whether you are looking for the best school districts, hot spots to hang with your friends, nearby parks for your furry friend, or all of the above, Trulia makes it easy to find the perfect home and neighborhood for you."
Born in Los Angeles, actress Minka Kelly is no stranger to the value of a neighborhood, having lived in a variety of locations all over the country due to her career as an actress. When not filming on the road, she resides in Los Angeles, where she can hike past the Hollywood sign by day and dine at some of her favorite restaurants at night – though she usually prefers to cook at home for friends.
In addition to the Best Neighborhoods in America, Trulia also uncovered the Best Neighborhoods for Singles and Best Neighborhoods for Families. To find out more, go to www.trulia.com/blog/bestneighborhoods
Live Well with Trulia's Newest Maps!
To further help consumers find the right home – and neighborhood – Trulia also released the new Live Well maps. The maps help home-seekers identify key amenities under three main categories: Quiet Streets, a visual capture of low to high traffic volumes; Great Places to Play, an overview of parks, trails, indoor bounce houses, among other like facilities; and Care and Essentials, a collection of data points on urgent care facilities, hospitals and other places consumers may want to identify prior to selecting your new neighborhood.
As the first online real estate website to integrate maps into the online home-search experience, Trulia has now designed more than 30 consumer-favorite maps that provide people with data-driven information on crime, school ratings, natural hazards, and commute times among others in easy-to-understand, design-centric layers.
For more information on Trulia's maps including the new Live Well map, visit www.trulia.com/local.
To find out where the Best Neighborhoods are, we cranked through the neighborhood amenities data on our site and created a ranking based on key metrics. For this we evaluated Restaurants, Beauty establishments, Nightlife, Trails, Playgrounds, Pediatricians, Childcare, and percentage of Quiet Streets per square mile, which we combine to create a weighted average of each neighborhood's ranking. Small markets are defined as having a population up to one million persons, medium markets are defined as having a population between one and two million persons, and large markets are defined as having a population over 2 million. We also only looked at neighborhoods that are between one and two square miles in area – neighborhoods large enough to have a decent number of live well features but small enough to actually feel like a neighborhood. The index ranges from 0 – 100, with 100 being the best scoring and 0 being the worst.
Trulia® is a vibrant home shopping marketplace, focused on giving home buyers, sellers and renters the information they need to make better decisions. On mobile and the Web, Trulia provides house hunters with insights and unique information about properties, neighborhoods and real estate agents. Additionally, Trulia offers data and information about schools, crimes, commute times, and the real estate market.
Launched in 2005, Trulia is based in San Francisco and is owned and operated by Zillow Group, Inc. (NASDAQ :Z, ZG).
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