Find out which cities have residents with the strongest social networks.
“K-Town” is our third best cities for having strong social circles. This may be why Knoxville is number one for preventing falls in seniors. Research shows that getting together with friends makes you twice as likely to avoid disabilities in old age and boosts your chances of being mobile by 150%. This Tennessee town is also in the top 10 for happy marriages. “A close marital status and happy marriage is one of the most important social interactions you can have,” says Roach.
Besides being one of the best cities for happy marriages, Charlotte has something special that may contribute to their strong social networks: church groups. Charlotte, nicknamed “The City of Churches” back in the 1800s, is home to over 700 places of worship. According to Roach, only a few social groups make a big impact on a person’s RealAge, and church groups (along with crafting groups) are one of the strongest social networks of all. Roach says that professional groups have almost no RealAge benefit.
Taking an interest in other people may significantly improve your outlook on life and your long-term health. But a lack of friends is linked to poor health. Find out which cities are lacking in the social network department.