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America’s Top 25 Best Neighborhoods for Small Businesses

Almost 30 million small businesses flourish in their local communities with the support of their surrounding neighborhoods.

For the second year in a row, Welcomemat Services applied the data driven principles that power their services towards uncovering which neighborhoods of America ranked the best for small business support across the country.  Welcomemat Services narrowed a list of 375+ communities down to the Top 25 based on algorithms factoring those neighborhoods that ranked highest on metrics such as:

Welcomemat response demographic data
Volume of new of movers
Community vibe and commitment to shop local
Popularity and walkability of the neighborhood
Sense of community and family friendliness
Business density
And survey data from franchisees

Instead of only praising small business owners one day a year, Welcomemat Services wants to celebrate these hard-working community shapers all season long leading up to Small Business Saturday, which this year is on November 25th.

Read on to see which neighborhoods have been ranked as the Top 25 Best Neighborhoods in America! Did your community make it on the list?


25-Delray Beach

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25. Delray Beach, FL

Especially known for their award-winning beaches, this gem of South Florida also offers numerous festivals, restaurants, shopping, golfing, and activities for all ages. This vibrant community has been voted ‘Most Fun Small Town in America’ by Rand McNally and USA Today.



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24. NW Bradenton, FL

This town has so much history to offer which you can soak up at their many museums, parks, and preserves. This historic city is home of the Village of the Arts, where residents can live & work in their homes. These cottages have been turned into studios, galleries, restaurants, and other small businesses. What a place to thrive!


23-Mtn Brook

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23. Mountain Brook, AL

With its many shopping villages, residents have plenty of options to shop local and support their community! Besides their top-notch shopping, Mountain Brook is also host to beautiful homes, incredible cuisine, and park trails that are protected by tall, longstanding trees.



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22. Brookhaven, GA

Residents can’t help but rave about how quickly Brookhaven has grown and how much they love being a part of the community coming together! This relatively new neighborhood (2012) features numerous parks where neighbors gather to attend festivals, have play dates, and let their dogs run around. Residents enjoy spending their time shopping at Town Brookhaven, where they get it all – restaurants, shops, a movie theatre, salons, and a gym!



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21. Hixson, TN

Located within Chattanooga, Tennessee, Hixson is a neighborhood that families love! There is so much fun to experience with loads of shopping, restaurants, and The Chickamauga Dam all in the area. Residents love to get out and go to their local parks to get some fresh air!



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20. Greer, SC

 “A great place to live, work, and play” is this city’s motto for a reason! The locals spend their time playing sports, hiking, fishing, and enjoying lazy days on the lake. They also love to eat out at the many the great dining options that the neighborhood offers. This city is continually growing which is why small businesses thrive in Greer!



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19. Murfreesboro, TN

Known for its battlefield and ties to the Civil War, Murfreesboro is the perfect place for a history buff. However, this historic city has much more to offer – like over 100 shops and restaurants in The Avenue- an open-air shopping center, family-friendly fun centers, and many scenic nature trails!


18-Plaza Midwood

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18. Plaza Midwood, NC

This eclectic neighborhood is in Charlotte, North Carolina, and is locally known as one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the city. Funky stores, art galleries, book stores, local restaurants, and coffee houses are what you will find while walking around this town. There’s nothing the residents love more than getting out and enjoying Plaza Midwood!



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17. Oceanside, CA

Located halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego, this town is full of culture! Small business owners thrive in Oceanside – with 3.5 miles of beach, shopping of all kinds, and unique restaurants, the business is never-ending. Events are held on a regular basis so that the community can come together and have some fun!



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16. Hyde Park, OH

One of the best parts about living in Hyde Park is having Hyde Park Square right in the heart of the neighborhood. The square has a beautiful large park, and is encompassed by many small shops and restaurants. Hype Park Square also holds many events, allowing the people in the community to enjoy the company of one another!



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15. Bloomington, IN

Bloomington may be the home to Indiana University Bloomington, but that’s not the only great thing about this city. Game days are the perfect time for the community to come together and cheer for the one thing that they all love – their football team! However, going to the theater, camping, shopping, eating, and enjoying the nightlife are all other activities that are popular in the area.



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14. Naples, FL

Beach lovers and shoppers, rejoice! This popular area in Florida gives you the best of both worlds. You can take a day and enjoy the beach with friends, or go to town and get some shopping done in the sophisticated shopping centers. If you don’t want to do either of those, you can always visit one of the many art galleries in the area, or go to the park!



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13. Decatur, GA

Located just east of Atlanta, Decatur is a great place to get that small town feel just outside the big city. Local businesses love to take part in the many festivals and events that are held year-round. This diverse neighborhood celebrates community by supporting young emerging artists, and by spending their days at the many local shops and restaurants.



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12. Excelsior, MN

The community of Excelsior prides themselves on being a unique blend of old and new. There is something that will fit everyone here, from antique shops, the lake, museums, to specialty shops and restaurants galore. There are also community events each year that bring in thousands of visitors to come be a part of the community for a day.


11-Rochester Hills

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11. Rochester/Rochester Hills, MI

With its excellent education system, an abundance of parks, and a huge upscale shopping center, families thrive in this special neighborhood. The residents take pride in their community and come together to ensure this neighborhood is preserved and kept beautiful and clean.



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10. Northville, MI

The countryside and historic buildings will catch your eye, but the walkable downtown area is what will make you stay. This neighborhood has shops, restaurants, and parks to keep families and friends entertained all day. Downtown Northville is the perfect place to go for a day out!



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9. Clintonville, OH

Clintonville is a neighborhood unlike any other. This area may not be a well-known shopping destination, but the abundance of local stores, cafés, and restaurants make this neighborhood especially unique. Clintonville was also a stop on the Underground Railroad, so they pride themselves on their place in history!


8-South Austin

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8. South Austin, TX

Being home to many modern stores and restaurants, South Austin is the neighborhood that entertains. There is always somewhere you can go to dance, listen to great music, or watch a show. It also doesn’t hurt that the river is always there for fishing or running along the trails, and there’s also a park and pool to stay cool during those hot days.



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7. Lakeview, LA

This neighborhood lies in the lively city of New Orleans. Lakeview has two parks and Lake Pontchartrain to offer that can make for a relaxing day, but if you want to have some more fun you can head to any of the local restaurants for various food and drink options, and even the occasional music played by local artists.


6-Mt Pleasant

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6. Mt Pleasant, SC

Mount Pleasant has happy residents because the town does everything they can do preserve its pureness. Located in Charleston, you get all the charm with a focused drive to remain a small, close-knit community. Residents get to enjoy the coastal lifestyle, outstanding schools, and a growing business force.



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5. Matthews, NC

The true sense of community that this town has is exactly why it made it to number 5 on our list. Matthews holds community events regularly, and even dedicates the month of October to ‘Community Planning Month’. The Sportsplex has many fields and a playground, so residents can go play a quick game of soccer, and then head to local restaurants to grab a bite to eat.



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4. Evans, GA

Being home to two great golf courses and just a thirty-minute drive to a beautiful lake, Evans is a great neighborhood with that community feel. Family Circle Magazine voted Evans one of the ‘Best Towns for Families’, and rightfully so! Locals love being a part of the festivals and concerts that are a common occurrence which helped this neighborhood land the number 4 spot.



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3. Carlsbad Village, CA

The beach, shopping, and fine dining spots are all within blocks of each other, making this town extremely walkable and accessible to everything! With frequent events that highlight the amazing sense of community this neighborhood has, it comes as no surprise to see Carlsbad Village come in at number 3.



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2. Grapevine, TX

Conveniently located between Dallas and Fort Worth, Grapevine has everything you want in your neighborhood. Historic Downtown Grapevine is full of shopping, restaurants, art galleries, and wineries all within walking distance of each other. The one-of-a-kind shops that you can find here are a large part of why Grapevine ranks number 2 out of 25.



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1. Roswell, GA

North of Atlanta, GA is where this gem of a city lies. With the Chattahoochee river running through it, Roswell has many parks where residents can walk with their friends and dogs, enjoy waterfalls, and have a picnic with a view. Downtown Roswell is extremely walkable and has a growing number of great restaurants, shops, and fun events to keep the residents happy and the community strong and take the number 1 spot out of the top 25 best neighborhoods.




Scoring was determined by surveying active franchisees in the areas where Welcomemat packages are sent out. Franchisees nominated neighborhoods in their community and answered survey questions based on information that included schools, local vibe, family friendliness, walkability, sense of community, etc. Other ranking data points included average movement, Welcomemat redemption levels, income levels of redeemers, age of redeemers. Livability scores from areavibes.com were also used in the calculation. These areas were chosen from the over 375 zip codes Welcomemat delivers to. If full data wasn’t available, averages were used in place. Seasonality was also taken into consideration for mover counts. In the case of a tie, higher income levels were given higher priority in the ranks.


What does Welcomemat Services do?

Small businesses thrive in communities when they have regular customers that continually come back. When moving to a new community, new movers begin to look for places to serve as their regular/local spots – and that’s why it is so important for local businesses to make their presence known quickly and gain new mover loyalty first and fast. With our 14+ years of data and experience, Welcomemat Services provides businesses with the resources, tools, and knowledge to quickly target new movers with mailed gifts proven to develop and build loyalty.  We pride ourselves on our ability to provide “data-driven marketing with a local focus.”