Skout App Unveils Top 10 Friendliest College Towns in America

By Megan (Weyrauch) Johnson on September 19, 2015

The leading global app that helps you meet new people and expand your social circle, Skout recently reviewed 12 months of data among 18-24 year olds using its app to discover the country’s friendliest college towns.

Looking at college towns across the U.S., Skout uncovered the cities where young adults engage most frequently with new friends through its app.

Top 10 Friendliest College Towns in America

1. Madison, Wisconsin
2. Los Angeles, California
3. New York City
4. Ann Arbor, Michigan
5. Chicago, Illinois
6. San Francisco, California
7. Boulder, Colorado
8. Phoenix, Arizona
9. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
10. Dallas, Texas

In addition, Skout’s data revealed:

• Boston, known as America’s college town with over 100 colleges and universities within its metro area, came in at #12 on Skout’s Friendliest College Towns list.
• The friendliest college-age guys in America are in Boulder, Colorado, while the friendliest college-age women are in Madison, Wisconsin.
• The most generous college-age adults in the U.S. are in Los Angeles. Young adults using Skout in LA share more virtual gifts with friends than all the college-age adults in Boston, Miami, Chicago and Dallas combined.

Skout conducted another survey among more than 2,500 people who use its app across the U.S. and of the college students between the ages of 18-24, Skout found the following.

1. Making friends is easier in college.

• 57% of college students say that it is easier to make friends in college than it is in high school.
• However, 59% of college students said they were worried about making new friends during freshman year.
• 72% of college students say they met good friends within a week of being on campus.

2. The best place to make new friends is in the classroom. 

• 75% of college students say they met their new friends in the classroom.
• 42% of college students say they met their new friends at parties.
• 39% of college students say they met their new friends during orientation.
• 34% of college students say they met their new friends online!
• Other great places to meet new friends include: the dorm (36%), cafeteria (35%), sports teams (28%), and the library (27%).

3. Roommates can make good friends.

• 73% of college students say they consider their roommate a friend.

4. Females are friendlier than males on campus.

• 61% of college students say women are friendlier than men on campus.

5. Most college students arrive on campus without knowing anyone.

• Only one third (37%) of students started college with an existing friend or acquaintance.

This survey was conducted online in August 2015 among 2,523 Skout users in the United States. To view an infographic with these findings, see below and visit the Skout blog.

Skout Friendliest College Towns Infographic

Spanning more than 180 countries and available in 14 languages, Skout was founded in 2007 and is headquartered in San Francisco. Download Skout for iOS or Android or sign up online at

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