New to Town? Nextdoor Can Help You Meet Your Neighbors

Written by Anne Dreshfield

Moving is already an ordeal: between the boxes, moving trucks, corralling the kids and pets, and making sure all of your beloved items make it to your new home in one piece, there’s a lot to keep track of.

And by the time you’re unpacked, it hits you: you most likely don’t know anyone in your new community, and you have no idea where to start.

Enter Nextdoor, the free, private social network for neighborhoods, which allows neighborhoods to connect online in private websites for just their community where they can get to know one another, exchange local advice and recommendations, and stay in the know about local issues. It’s your neighborhood, online.

Get to know your new community

You’re probably eager to get out there, meet your new neighbors, and find out what’s happening in the neighborhood. It is your new home, after all! Nextdoor provides peace of mind – as it’s a private social network, they verify that each neighbor actually lives in the neighborhood, so you know you’ll be communicating with your actual neighbors. No more guessing – these are the people that live right down the street and around the corner.

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When you’re new to town, it can feel like you have questions for everything, from where the best Italian food in town is to recommendations for a babysitter or gardener.


Content on Nextdoor is organized into different categories, including Classifieds, Crime & Safety, Events, Free Items, Lost & Found, and Recommendations, making it easy to browse through topics of interest. Neighborhoods can also have private or public groups on Nextdoor, which means you can find a running club, parents group, or dog lovers with ease.

Recommendations are a particularly popular topic of discussion on the platform. Neighbors regularly chime in with tips on who they trust, where they’ve gotten a great deal, and who they would recommend for a job well done.

Feel like a long-time resident in no time

One of the most difficult parts of moving comes after you’ve finished the physical work: feeling settled in your new home and community.

In many cities across the country, Nextdoor’s reach expands into the greater community, as well. More than 1,900 public agencies – primarily police departments – have partnered with Nextdoor to send targeted, hyperlocal information to neighborhoods. That means you’ll receive messages from your local police department, fire department, and city hall on Nextdoor keeping you up-to-date on information in your local community.

Interested in joining your neighborhood’s Nextdoor website? Head to and enter your email and home address to get started.

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