Business View Magazine | October 2020

11 BUSINESS VIEW MAGAZINE OCTOBER 2020 OPENING L INES THE STATE OF AMERICAN NEIGHBORHOODS IN 2020: OFFERUP DATA REVEALS AMERICA’S FIVE MOST GENEROUS CITIES O fferUp, the largest mobile marketplace in the U.S. for local buyers and sellers, recently released the findings of its 2020 Good Neighbor Report. Timed to deliver context around how Americans are interacting during National Good Neighbor Day on Sept. 28, the annual report provides background into how OfferUp’s community of over 20 million monthly users have interacted this year despite the limitations prescribed by the Coronavirus pandemic. OfferUp facilitates millions of meet-ups per year, and after each, both buyers and sellers can rate the quality of their experiences. This collective data provides insights into how American communities are demonstrating neighborly habits through person- to-person interactions. Sioux Falls, South Dakota is the Most Generous City in the Country Even though social distancing and stay-at-home orders have affected the ways people manage in-person transactions, Americans have still found ways to support one another during tough times. According to OfferUp, communities big and small are giving more generously, as evidenced by a 22.7% increase in free items posted to the marketplace this year. Since January, OfferUp has seen an increase in people donating free items, including books, toys, and bicycles, to their neighbors out of a desire to help their community. OfferUp also analyzed the behaviors of buyers and sellers across the U.S. and found that Sioux Falls, South Dakota, is the most generous city in the country, with the greatest increase in free items given from sellers to buyers since the pandemic. Following closely behind are Fargo-Valley City, N.D.; Bluefield-Beckley-Oak Hill, W. Va.; Amarillo, Texas; and Champaign-Springfield-Decatur, Ill.