West Midlands Residents Revealed Among The Most Likely To Speak To Neighbours

Sunday, 7th July 2019

A NEW study has found that British residents are getting friendlier with their neighbours, with two-thirds admitting they speak to their neighbours regularly and a further two in five revealing they know the majority of their neighbours by name.

This research was conducted after a study in 2016 previously found that one in three Britons couldn’t name any of their neighbours.

The study, conducted by the home interior specialists at www.Hillarys.co.uk, saw over 2,400 UK-based adults, spread across the 12 regions of the UK, quizzed about life in their neighbourhood.

When initially asked if they spoke regularly (at least once a week) with their neighbours, whether this is long or short conversations, two-thirds of respondents claimed that they did (66%). Talking about issues with their neighbourhood topped the list of topics spoken about (78%) followed by the weather (55%) and plans for the day (49%).

A further two in five respondents revealed they knew the majority of their neighbours by name (41%). In contrast to the 2016 poll wherein, one in three could not name any of their neighbours, just 1 in 9 (11%) said this was the case now.

It was also found that one in seven respondents had previously invited neighbours round for dinner (14%).

Of the two-thirds of respondents who spoke regularly to their neighbours, 19% were from Northern Ireland.

The full regional breakdown can be found below:

  1. Northern Ireland – 19%
  2. Yorkshire and Humberside – 15%
  3. West Midlands – 13%
  4. North East – 12%
  5. Wales – 11%
  6. South West – 9%
  7. London – 7%
  8. North West – 5%
  9. East of England – 4%
  10. East Midlands – 2%
  11. South East – 2%
  12. Scotland – 1%

More than 1 in 5 (21%) said they preferred to ask their neighbours to house sit or look after pets whilst they are away from home over their family or friends.

Lucy Askew, a spokesperson for www.hillarys.co.uk, said: “With so much negative news, it is great to see a sense of togetherness through neighbourly communities. It doesn’t cost anything to be nice and making friends with neighbours can lead to lovely tightknit friendship group close to home. I am glad these stats have changed since the previous study back in 2016 wherein it implied Britons were shutting themselves away from their neighbourhood.”