Scots are the friendliest
Londoners socialise with their neighbours the least and are the least likely to even know the names of their immediate neighbour, new research has found.
A study by peer-to-peer car rental platform easyCar Club, has found that only 30% of Brits trust our neighbours, and one in six don’t even know the names of the people next door.
Young people (aged 18-24) are four times less likely than over-55s to know their neighbours’ names, and are half as likely to greet them when they see them. Young people are also four times as likely to feel awkward around their neighbours.
The research, which analysed how people interacted with others within their community, found that Scotland is the friendliest region in the UK.
94% of Scots know the names of their immediate neighbours – 10% more than the UK average. Three quarters always greet their neighbours when they see them, and Scots are the most likely to have invited their neighbours round for tea (60%).
Other regions that are particularly friendly include Northern Ireland, Wales and Yorkshire and the Humber.
Richard Laughton, CEO of easyCar Club, said: “Given all that’s going on with the UK’s relationship with our European neighbours, it’s fascinating to see how these questions of trust and community involvement play out within smaller communities.
“Our research reveals that Scots are the most neighbourly – in keeping with their Bremain vote – and make the most of their local network more than anywhere else. Londoners, on the other hand, clearly socialise less with those around them, being happy to travel to see friends. Given the density of population in London and high turnover of accommodation, perhaps we shouldn’t be too surprised.”