The City of Brotherly Love earned the top spot on Zillow's Trick-or-Treat Index for 2016, which identifies the best cities and neighborhoods for trick-or-treaters this Halloween. This is not surprising insomuch as Philly has a large population of folks of Italian heritage, and they know how to eat.
Zillow set out to find the cities where kids can get the best and most candy in the shortest amount of time, and have other kids to trick-or-treat with. Zillow's team of economists looked at home values, single-family home density, crime rate, and the share of the population under 10 years old to determine the list.
Zillow trick or treat index top cities.
Single-family homes are especially dense in Philadelphia, pushing the city to the top of the list, up 12 spots from 2015. San Jose, Calif., San Francisco, Milwaukee and Los Angeles round out the top five.
"The national ranking is a fun way for trick-or-treaters and their parents across the country to assess how their city compares to others this Halloween season," said Zillow Chief Economist Dr. Svenja Gudell. "But what's really important are the local hot spots, which is why we also identified the five best neighborhoods for trick-or-treating in each of the top cities. For candy hunters in cities not on the list, look for areas with lots of decorated homes and neighborhoods with other kids running around in the holiday spirit."
Other cities that made big jumps were Seattle, up nine spots, and Portland, up eight. Austin makes its first appearance on the list, while Baltimore and Washington, DC return after missing the list in 2015.
To see the complete rankings, including the best neighborhoods to trick-or-treat in each city, go to http://www.zillow.com/blog/trick-or-treat/.
Best Cities for Trick-or-Treating in 2016:
San Jose, Calif.