By ADAM SCHRADER
Published in The Dallas Morning News on Oct. 7, 2015
On Halloween night, kids across North Texas will hope to score the best treats in the area. But, it can be pretty disheartening to walk through a neighborhood with nobody home or no candy to take.
So, it shouldn’t surprise any area parent that Frisco, with a relatively low median age of 36.1 years and a relatively high median household income of $128,912, should be the top place in the area to knock on doors.
According to Nextdoor.com, a private social network for neighborhoods, Frisco is No. 5. The city was listed on Nextdoor’s list of the Top Ten U.S. Cities for Treats.
“Frisco is one of the fastest-growing cities in the country and more than third of our residents are students,” said Dana Baird, city spokesperson. “As a family-oriented community, activities like trick-or-treating and fall festivals are popular activities throughout Frisco neighborhoods.
“It’s a treat to make the Nextdoor list of sweet cities.”
To create the list, Nextdoor’s data team analyzed data from the tens of thousands of neighborhoods that use the annual Treat Map feature where users to let each other know they will be passing out candy by marking their home on their home with a candy corn icon on the map.
“We wanted to make it easy for neighbors to see who is giving out candy in their neighborhood and where,” said Anne Dreshfield, a Nextdoor communications associate. “You can even post if you’re hosting a haunted house with a haunted house icon.”
Last year, Frisco neighbors marked about a dozen haunted houses on the Treat Map.
The rankings were then based on the ratio of the number of Nextdoor members who indicated they were passing out candy last year to the total number of Nextdoor members in the city at that time in U.S. cities where more than 5,000 residents are signed up for the service. The list includes the city with the highest ratio from each state, up to 10 states.
This normalizes the neighborhood size to let smaller cities compete with larger cities, Dreshfield said.
The top-10 cities, in order, are:
Ann Arbor, Mich.
Downers Grove, Ill.
Baton Rouge, La.
Thousands of Dallas-area neighborhoods, 150 of which are in Frisco, use the app to talk about community issues.
“Passing out Halloween candy is one of the most neighborly things you can do,” said Nirav Tolia, co-founder and CEO of Nextdoor. “We encourage neighbors everywhere to show their Halloween spirit by adding their own homes to their neighborhood’s Treat Map.”
Can’t make it out to Frisco? Find the best streets for treats in your neighborhood.