Top 25 neighborhoods for small businesses

There are around 19 million local small businesses across the country. Each having its own story behind it, set of beliefs & hard work.

Recognizing each business for its uniqueness & thrive to succeed, Welcomemat brings a unique local marketing program for promoting your local business in the neighborhood. A local promotion where you welcome new movers in your area & we invite them to your local business. Welcoming new movers to your neighborhood not only strengthens community relationships but also increases customer traffic to your local store.

While appreciating the efforts & commitment of every proud American business owner, we at Welcomemat Services are celebrating next month's Small Business Saturday by throwing a spotlight on 25 of the country's best neighborhoods for small businesses.

Below we have ranked the top 25 neighborhoods based on community vibe to shop local, popularity of the neighborhood, sense of community belonging and more. These highly ranked neighborhoods feature in our list of top places for small businesses.

1: Lakewood Ranch, FL

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Community vibe to shop local: *****

Popularity of the neighborhood: ****

Walkability of the neighborhood: ***

Sense of community belonging among others: *****

Lakewood Ranch has all the components of a great neighborhood in the country. It has a business park that goes on for many miles, quite a few sports complexes, a strong school network , hotels, movie theaters, and many famous local restaurants.

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2: Decatur, GA

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Community vibe to shop local: ****

Popularity of the neighborhood: ****

Walkability of the neighborhood: ****

Sense of community belonging among others: *****

Decatur is like a city by itself and has an identity of its own. With 19,000 people, Decatur is located just east of Atlanta, and it is a favorite of single professionals, young couples and families thanks to its good schooling system, low crime rate and beautiful historic homes.

Locals and visitors enjoy many special shopping days throughout the year during which the downtown's 35+ stores and restaurants offer various discounts.

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3: Washington Park, CO

Wash Park

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Community vibe to shop local: ****

Popularity of the neighborhood: *****

Walkability of the neighborhood: ***

Sense of community belonging among others: ****

It has more than 160 acres of pleasant grounds that include two beautiful lakes. Two flower gardens (one of which is a replica of George Washington's gardens at Mount Vernon). There are plenty of shops here along with a few restaurants offering nearly every type of cuisine.

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4: Park City, UT

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Community vibe to shop local: *****

Popularity of the neighborhood: *****

Walkability of the neighborhood: *****

Sense of community belonging among others: ****

Park City, Utah, known for being home to the Sundance Film Festival and the best ski and snowboard resorts in the US, is also home to many small and medium sized businesses. Pizza shops, ski & snowboard shops, beauty salons, restaurants… they keep the city thriving.

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5: Zionsville, IN

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Community vibe to shop local: ****

Popularity of the neighborhood: *****

Walkability of the neighborhood: *

Sense of community belonging among others: **

Zionsville is known for its historic significance and architecture. But amid this conventional but charming neighborhood you will also find popular restaurants, trending fashion stores and local specialty shops. It also hosts many local events & has something to offer to everyone.

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6: Bloomington, IN

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Community vibe to shop local: ****

Popularity of the neighborhood: ****

Walkability of the neighborhood: ***

Sense of community belonging among others: ***

Bloomington is a popular college town. It has a large and attractive campus, an area of shops, restaurants, and nightlife serving the student community and a typically Midwestern town square with a courthouse at the center. With an obsession for local sports & a strong university presence, this buzzing town makes it into our list of top 25.

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7: Warwick, NY

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Community vibe to shop local: *****

Popularity of the neighborhood: ***

Walkability of the neighborhood: **

Sense of community belonging among others: ***

Warwick is the second largest township of the New York State and has a total area of 105 square miles, of which, 102 square miles is land. The place is renowned for its Victorian charm, sense of local community. It has exciting local events too with fairs and festivals which attract thousands of visitors annually.

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8: Homewood, AL

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Community vibe to shop local: ***

Popularity of the neighborhood: ***

Walkability of the neighborhood: **

Sense of community belonging among others:****

With an estimated population of more than 26,900 people & more than 11,000 households, Homewood is a town filed with tradition and pride of Southern hospitality.

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9: Hixson, TN

Hixson

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Community vibe to shop local: ****

Popularity of the neighborhood: ***

Walkability of the neighborhood:  **

Sense of community belonging among others: ***

Hixson is a neighborhood in the City of Chattanooga, Tennessee. This place is a transportation and historic gateway to the Deep South. It is has a deep historic presence and is home to several adventure sports & attractions which makes it one of the top spots for thriving local businesses.

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10: Plymouth, MI

Community vibe to shop local: ****

Popularity of the neighborhood: ****

Walkability of the neighborhood: ****

Sense of community belonging among others: ***

Located conveniently with easy access to major highways, the locals can enjoy a small town charm and community pride, with the advantages of two metropolitan areas nearby. This is one of the reasons why local business owners enjoy being a part of this community too.

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11: Lakeview, LA

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Community vibe to shop local: ****

Popularity of the neighborhood: ****

Walkability of the neighborhood: **

Sense of community belonging among others: ***

Lakeview boasts unique architectural characteristics with variety of the homes that are more modern than in the historic districts of the city. Most of which are walking and biking distance to the shore of a lake. Locals have two magnificent parks at their disposal here with large areas for relaxing, playing, and exercising.

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12: North Naples, FL

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Community vibe to shop local: *****

Popularity of the neighborhood: *****

Walkability of the neighborhood: ***

Sense of community belonging among others: ****

Well known for its high-end shopping & dinning, it has a sophisticated culture and appeals to nature lovers and beach aficionados. Having lots of local shops, art galleries, this neighborhood is rightly featured among our top 25.

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13: Brookhaven, GA

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Community vibe to shop local: ***

Popularity of the neighborhood: *****

Walkability of the neighborhood: **

Sense of community belonging among others: ***

Brookhaven is a prestigious and sought-after neighborhood in Atlanta. It includes popular neighborhoods Historic Brookhaven, Brookhaven Heights and Ashford Park. Features like good schools, active neighborhood associations and wonderful neighbors makes it one of the most desirable neighborhoods in our list.

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14: Mechanicsville, VA

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Community vibe to shop local: ***

Popularity of the neighborhood: ***

Walkability of the neighborhood: ***

Sense of community belonging among others: ***

A number of important battles of the American Civil War were fought near Mechanicsville. The area hence has many historic sites and museums which take visitors into that era. In addition to this, Richmond, which is just a few miles away, has a number of interesting attractions including retail shopping, gardens, museums, historic sites, and monuments.

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15: South End, NC

Community vibe to shop local: ****

Popularity of the neighborhood: ***

Walkability of the neighborhood: ***

Sense of community belonging among others: ***

South End is in close proximity to Uptown Charlotte and is fast developing into a popular area filled with energy for young professionals. The industrial charm of the historic land combined with a vibrant art scene and flourishing retail have helped to form a social scene complete with restaurants, bars, and countless community events year-round to satisfy weekend expectations. With that in mind, here's every reason to make South End your next scheduled stop in Charlotte.

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16: Evans, GA

Community vibe to shop local: ***

Popularity of the neighborhood: ****

Walkability of the neighborhood: **

Sense of community belonging among others: ****

Voted one of the 'Best Towns for Families' by Family Circle Magazine, Evans is home to some exciting golf courses. Water lovers enjoy being only 30 minutes away from the massive 71,100-acre Thurmond Lake. The family-friendly festivals and concerts held here year-round are a treat for locals too.

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17: Hyde Park, OH

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Community vibe to shop local: ****

Popularity of the neighborhood: ****

Walkability of the neighborhood: ***

Sense of community belonging among others: ****

Hyde Park is a neighborhood of Cincinnati, Ohio. At the heart of Hyde Park is Hyde Park Square that features a park in the center and is surrounded by retail shops and restaurants. It is one of the oldest & significant shopping meccas in the neighborhood. With over 1 one-of-a-kind shops, restaurants and events, and continually reinvents itself to provide patrons with the best, the newest, the most exciting selection in town.

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18: Bee Cave/Lakeway, TX

Community vibe to shop local: ***

Popularity of the neighborhood: ***

Walkability of the neighborhood: *

Sense of community belonging among others: ***

From legendary live music to a buzzing restaurant scene and unique culture. This place has it all. Hill Country Galleria is located in Bee Cave, Texas and offers 102 stores. To sum it up. this is a great place to live, work, play and invest.

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19: Weatherford, TX

Weatherford

Community vibe to shop local: ***

Popularity of the neighborhood: ***

Walkability of the neighborhood: **

Sense of community belonging among others: ****

Weatherford is a historic town just 20 minutes from Dallas/Fort Worth. Known for its community and family oriented way of life that makes it one of the premier places to live in the north Texas area. Residents share a vision for Weatherford that balances its rich, western and pioneer heritage with progress and economic vitality.

Visitors to Weatherford will enjoy our treasures as well, including a historic shopping district full of antique, boutique and specialty stores; museums, Chandor Gardens and the love-story to be discovered within its walls; an old-time Farmers Market; First Monday Trades Days; and a bounty of Victorian-era homes. Our crown jewel is the Parker County Courthouse, recently restored to its original splendor.

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20: St Louis Park, MN

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Community vibe to shop local: ****

Popularity of the neighborhood: *****

Walkability of the neighborhood: ***

Sense of community belonging among others: ****

While providing the hospitality of a big city, it also offers a small town charm. Five miles away from downtown Minneapolis, it offers a perfect location of comfort and convenience. Home to unique culinary, historic treasures, diverse retail destinations, a multitude of city parks, golf courses and trails with a friendly Midwestern attitude, St. Louis Park offers the exhilaration of a metropolitan area with a flavor that is all its own.

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21: Las Olas, FL

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Community vibe to shop local: ****

Popularity of the neighborhood: ***

Walkability of the neighborhood: **

Sense of community belonging among others: *****

Las Olas is at the forefront of everything from fashion boutiques and art galleries, to memorable restaurants, sidewalk cafes and bars. It is South Florida’s most architecturally unique, authentic, and eclectic shopping and dining district. The main stretch of shopping and dining is about 10 blocks making Las Olas a great stroll for day or night. Las Olas has a unique ambiance.

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22: Upper Arlington, OH

Upper Arlington, Ohio.

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Community vibe to shop local: ****

Popularity of the neighborhood: **

Walkability of the neighborhood: **

Sense of community belonging among others: ***

Upper Arlington is an affluent suburban city in Franklin County, Ohio, United States, on the northwest side of the Columbus metropolitan area. With a population of over 35,000 and popular local events, this town of Ohio makes it in our list.

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23: Simpsonville, SC

Simpsonville, South Carolina.

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Community vibe to shop local: **

Popularity of the neighborhood: ***

Walkability of the neighborhood: ***

Sense of community belonging among others: *****

 Simpsonville is a city in Greenville County, South Carolina, United States. It is part of the Greenville–Mauldin–Easley Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 18,244 at the 2010 census, and estimated at 19,056 in 2012. It is part of the "Golden Strip", along with Mauldin and Fountain Inn, which is noted for having low unemployment due to a diversity of industries including Para-Chem, Kemet, Sealed Air and Milliken. Simpsonville is home to Hillcrest High School.

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24: Culver City, CA

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Community vibe to shop local: ***

Popularity of the neighborhood: ***

Walkability of the neighborhood: ***

Sense of community belonging among others: ***

Culver City boasts a charming collection of outdoor cafes, unique shops, galleries and nightlife opening onto tree-lined boulevards perfect for an afternoon stroll. Striking landmark buildings are home to a vast array of entrepreneurial business and creative enterprises, along with a wide selection of services for local residents. It has a population over 40,000 & is a buzzing town for local businesses.

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25: Glen Mills, PA

Glen Mills, Pennsylvania

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Community vibe to shop local: ****

Popularity of the neighborhood: ***

Walkability of the neighborhood: ***

Sense of community belonging among others: **

Glen Mills is a part of the Delaware County in Pennsylvania, It is known for its gardens and its golf course. Presence of a big corporation makes it a popular destination for small local businesses. It also has a number beautiful townships & a developing economy.

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There are a number of local communities that are thriving towards small business growth across America. We at Welcomemat Services help them build strong customer relationships in their communities by welcoming new movers to these local businesses.

With a nationwide network of more than 60 franchisees, Welcomemat continues to stay committed to growing the small business marketplace of America.

Speak to a local Welcomemat representative from your area to learn more insights about your neighborhood and how you can grow your business by getting in front of more customers from your community.

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RankCommunity
1Lakewood Ranch, FL
2Decatur, GA
3Washington Park, CO
4Park City, UT
5Zionsville, IN
6Bloomington, IN
7Warwick, NY
8Homewood, AL
9Hixson, TN
10Plymouth, MI
11Lakeview, LA
12North Naples, FL
13Brookhaven, GA
14Mechanicsville, VA
15South End, NC
16Evans, GA
17Hyde Park, OH
18Bee Cave/Lakeway, TX
19Weatherford, TX
20St Louis Park, MN
21Las Olas, FL
22Upper Arlington, OH
23Simpsonville, SC
24Culver City, CA
25Glen Mills, PA


Methodology

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 increase in movement throughout 2016, 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 500 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, lower income levels were given higher priority in the ranks.