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.