Has COVID Actually Improved Relationships in MN Neighborhoods?
With cancellations and quarantines, shortages and layoffs, politics and protests -- you would think that people are getting along worse now than ever before. But apparently, that is not the case. Sure, there are still issues happening between people but maybe it's magnified a hundredfold because that is all we see in the news. It's really hard to say but hopefully, this is more of an indication of how it is.
Improvenet.com surveyed 2,500 U.S. citizens recently. Here's what they found out:
During The 2020 COVID Pandemic:
- 69% of Americans have gone out and tried to know their neighbors better.
- 65% have tried to be nicer than usual.
- 57% say neighbors have tried to help fill the void since family and friends haven’t been coming by as much
- 54% say they have participated in at least one neighborhood gathering (practicing social-distancing of course).
- 67% said they offered helped a neighbor out and 62% said the offer was returned to them.
So how does Minnesota rank? Minneapolis ranked 13th for friendliest neighbors in America. In terms of the state as a whole:
- 59% of Minnesotans have gone out and tried to know their neighbors better.
- 61% have tried to be nicer than usual.
- 63% say neighbors have tried to help fill the void of their neighbor’s family or friends that haven’t been coming by as much.
- 45% say they have participated in at least one neighborhood gathering.
- 57% of Minnesotans say they helped a neighbor out and 59% said that the offer was returned to them.
As we have heard many times, we are all in this together.