About Our Neighborhood Search Engine

NeighborhoodScout® delivers accuracy, reliability and a customized Neighborhood Profile to compare neighborhood characteristics.

NeighborhoodScout is THE neighborhood search engine. It is a web-based patented neighborhood search engine that uses neighborhood statistics to build neighborhood profiles that allow individuals and families to instantly find the best neighborhoods for them, in any part of the United States they choose.

NeighborhoodScout uses a new and unique way of matching people with the best neighborhoods for them and their families. This approach uses the largest database of neighborhood statistics and characteristics ever created, and converts it into accurate neighborhood profile matches customized to the needs of any individual. The user can choose exactly what they want in a neighborhood by selecting lifestyle searches and key words linked to this massive database.

The best matching neighborhood profiles are mapped instantly, described in rich detail, and linked to the local information that newcomers and prospective movers want most, like home listings in most cases, school profiles and exclusive ratings, exclusive crime statistics for each neighborhood, and much more.

The neighborhood search engine can help you:

  • Locate great neighborhoods for you and your family when you take a new job in an unfamiliar area
  • Uncover your ideal neighborhoods within commuting range of your current job, or anywhere you might be moving to
  • Find the best neighborhoods for education in any area, before you spend time and money choosing a house.
  • Find a more affordable neighborhood while retaining the qualities of your current neighborhood that you like most.
  • and much, much more.

NeighborhoodScout significantly reduces the amount of time spent searching for real estate by pinpointing the locations that best meet your specific criteria, instantly, and without even leaving your home. NeighborhoodScout also decreases the stress associated with a move by eliminating misguided location searches and reducing financial risks and uncertainties associated with buying real estate.

This service is an entirely new class of product that delivers the most accurate and personalized matches, providing fresh insights that empower you to make the best choices with ease, no matter where you're moving.

The benefits of a Subscription to NeighborhoodScout are:

  • Save time and reduce relocation stresses by receiving accurate neighborhood matches in seconds that you can rely on when moving and buying real estate
  • Discover your best neighborhoods with confidence no matter where you are moving - across town or across the country
  • Identify affordable and attractive neighborhoods in even the most expensive housing markets
  • Learn all about an area before moving. So moves are more successful, and settling in is easier
  • Uncover and compare any and all possible neighborhoods from your browser without doing any manual research

What neighborhood statistics do you use?

NeighborhoodScout uses nearly 400 characteristics to build a neighborhood profile for each and every neighborhood (census tract) in America. These include: school quality, housing costs, crime rates, income levels, the age, size and style of homes, the density of buildings, rental areas versus owner occupied, the proportion of families with children, the ages of persons in the neighborhood, ethnic and racial makeup, educational levels, languages spoken, types of careers of those living in the neighborhood, numbers of farms, coastal setting, and many, many more. This set of characteristics captures the true look, feel, and character of places like never before, allowing extraordinarily accurate neighborhood profile matches to be instantly calculated for the customer. Please note that while NeighborhoodScout is a powerful tool for identifying neighborhood characteristics, Location Inc observes, and requires its Broker Network to strictly adhere to, all federal, state, and local laws related to real estate and housing, including, without limitation, Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, as amended (the Fair Housing Act). NeighborhoodScout neither knowingly participates in, nor condones, discriminatory housing practices such as steering or the denial of housing based upon race, color, religion, sex, disability, familial status, or national origin.

The data Location Inc uses for NeighborhoodScout is the latest neighborhood statistics available from several leading government sources. These sources include the U.S. Bureau of the Census, the U.S. Department of Justice, the National Center for Education Statistics, and the U.S. Geological Service, among others. We bring information from these different agencies together in one giant database and then we use our PhD-level expertise to create new, useful profiles and insights about neighborhoods, cities, and towns all across America. No one else does it like NeighborhoodScout.

How are neighborhood profiles calculated?

NeighborhoodScout applies a patented algorithm to measure the similarity of neighborhoods based on customer-specified criteria, such that exact matches to what the customer wants are delivered instantly. This revolutionary approach is applied to the nearly 200 characteristics used to describe each of the more than 61,000 neighborhood profiles (i.e. census tracts) in America to create accurate matches, no matter what the customer is looking for in a neighborhood. This unique approach offers customers a level of service available nowhere else.

Dr. Schiller, creator of NeighborhoodScout

NeighborhoodScout was created by Dr. Schiller, who earned his PhD from Clark University's Graduate School of Geography, America's oldest and largest geography PhD program. Dr. Schiller was previously a scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Atomic Energy Complex, and also Director of Science for The Nature Conservancy's Tennessee Chapter. A team of experts in computer mapping and analysis and web design, join Dr. Schiller at the helm of NeighborhoodScout.

What do you mean by a neighborhood?

NeighborhoodScout uses census tracts as the basis for neighborhood profile matches, allowing specificity of matches better than broad zip code areas, because zip code areas often include several census tracts. When distinct census tracts are blended together into a larger zip code area, the data reflects their average conditions and often gives a false sense of the area. Using census tracts makes great matches possible, and helps customers find the areas that are best for them and their families.

What is a census tract?

Census tracts are small, relatively permanent subdivisions of a county that are defined by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Census tracts usually have between 2,500 and 8,000 persons and are defined to contain areas with homogeneous population characteristics, including economic status, and living conditions.

The extent of individual census tracts varies widely depending on the density of settlement.

NeighborhoodScout delivers you:

  • unmatched flexibility to choose exactly what you want in a new location
  • unrivaled accuracy that you can count on when moving and buying real estate
  • unsurpassed accessibility to personalized results delivered in seconds.

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This is a cool resource. Takes my neighborhood and matches it up to a like neighborhood elsewhere, i.e. in Sacramento. I can also search by characteristics I choose, like $300k-400k, older homes, low crime, funky/artsy, walkable, etc. It pulled up 4 neighborhoods in El Cerrito and neighborhoods in Pleasant Hill, Santa Rosa, Castro Valley and 3 in Sacramento in the top ten. This site is SO cool! - Evelyn M.
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