Boston took a nosedive in this year’s annual Zillow Trick-or-Treat Index, falling from 2nd to 7th place. The rankings use home values, population density, walkability and crime as parameters … geared to get kids the most candy, quickly and safely.
So, what happened? Well, not much and that’s the problem. Boston already had strong scores and very high home values. Several West Coast cities are catching up and the rankings are normalizing. San Francisco retains the top spot with L.A. coming in 2nd and Chicago 3rd.
The good news is that the North End moved up from 5th place to 3rd in a ranking of the best Boston Treat or Treat neighborhoods. Beacon Hill retains the top spot with Back Bay second. The South End and Fenway round out the top five.