Zillow Ranks Philly’s Top Trick-or-Treating ‘Hoods

Manayunk? Really?

Our old friends at Zillow have released a list of the country’s top Trick-or-Treating cities. Philadelphia comes it at #9 (S.F. is number one). Our quibble is not with that designation. We’re sure it’s quite on the money. It’s with the real estate website’s neighborhood breakdown that we take issue.

Their top five neighborhoods within Philly are as follows: Mount Airy, Chestnut Hill, Fairmount, Manayunk, and South Philly. (Update: With respect to South Philly, we assume that they’re referring to the area east of Broad and South of South.) All these are mega-intuitive except for one…that province of day-drinkers and perpetual-adolescent bros known as Manayunk. To come up with the rankings, Zillow weighed four variables equally:  “Zillow Home Value Index, population density, Walk Score, and local crime data.”

And according to Zillow’s own data, 24.5% of Manayunk households have kids, putting it in the same neighborhood as Mt. Airy and Chestnut Hill. Crime is indeed low and the population is indeed rather dense. HOWEVER. There are certain things these four computer-generated metrics cannot account for. One, an infestation of loud, sloshed bros and bro-ettes on Main Street who will be dressing inappropriately (for adults, let alone children). Two, Manayunk is the hilliest neighborhood in Philadelphia, making it difficult for the under-seven crowd to trick-or-treat effectively.


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  • Brandon

    Also, how can you just say South Philly? That’s a huge area, and it would be a much different experience trick or treating in Queen Village than it is trick or treating in Gray’s Ferry.

  • rob

    There are a couple things flawed with Zillow’s list and this post. First, Zillow has a generous definition of Manayunk. A good portion of what it considers Manayunk is known as either Roxborough or Wissahickon by any legit Philadelphian. Second, it’s clear anyone at Philly Mag only begrudgingly visits Main Street, much less checks out any where beyond the few adjacent blocks with rentals inhabited by the bros and bro-ettes. That’s cool, Manayunk can be littered with college kids and suburbanites who won’t go downtown because they think there’s nowhere to park. But on Halloween, a home away from Main Street easily gets more than 100 trick or treaters.

    As for the hills, the kids in the neighborhood are like the sherpas in the Himalayas.

  • Caitlin

    Simon, when’s the last time you were in Manayunk? Looks like nobody fact checked your article before it went live. You have your facts all wrong. Day drinkers – sure, we have those, it’s a mix of 25-60 year olds drinking wine and sipping on mimosas during brunch at one of the 20 al fresco dining restaurants on Main Street. Who doesn’t love a good Sunday Funday? Bros, sure after 11pm at night they go out and have fun, which they are entitled to – at about 3 out of the 20 some bars – go to the rest, all you’ll see is 25+ professionals, young families, and retirees out to dinner. Also with all the candy kids eat on Halloween, the Manayunk hills would actually be the perfect way for them to burn some extra needed calories. Come visit Manayunk sometime, maybe you’ll be able to see what it’s really like and why everyone that lives here loves it. I’m guessing you didn’t look into what Manayunk is actually doing for Halloween, so I’ll leave you the link here, bet it’s more than what half of the areas in Philly are doing: http://manayunk.com/signature-events/halloween-in-manayunk.html

  • Kate

    This is absurd. I live in manayunk and my street is filled with decorations and it littered with children. Limiting your view of manayunk to the nightlife aspect is just showing how close minded you are. Do you really have to nitpick and exaggerate just to write an article?