Zillow Names 20 Best Cities to Trick or Treat in 2012

Listen up all you ghosts, goblins and witches! While you’ve been planning the best Halloween costume ever, the data heads at Zillow took a break from the serious business of tracking housing to crunch numbers with one really, really important thing in mind: candy.

And because hard work always pays off, we’re announcing the sweet results of the fourth annual Zillow Trick-or-Treat Index, which ranks the top 20 cities around the country to get the best Halloween loot and the top five neighborhoods within each of them. See if your neighborhood made the list!

Behold, the national list.

Neighborhood ranking

Methodology

There is a common belief that wealthy neighborhoods are the Holy Grail for harvesting the most Halloween candy. However, to provide a more holistic approach to trick-or-treating, the Zillow Trick-or-Treat Index was calculated using four equally weighted data variables: Zillow Home Value Index, population density, Walk Score and local crime data from Relocation Essentials. Based on those variables, the Index represents cities that will provide the most candy, with the least walking and safety risks.

Want to see either our list or map graphics on your website? Just email press@zillow.com, and we’ll be sure to get it to you.

>>See 2011 Trick-or-Treat Index results