The Golden State’s Friendliest Cities Revealed

SAN FRANCISCO – May 23, 2012 – According to Tagged, the social network for meeting new people, Santa Ana, California gets the gold for friendliest city in the state. Southern California dominates the list of friendliest cities with Santa Ana, Hollywood and San Diego all taking top-five spots. With just three cities in the top ten, Northern California’s friendliest reside in Oakland, Modesto and Sacramento.

Tagged’s friendship index measured overall ‘friendly activity,’ including friend requests, virtual gift giving and other expressions of adoration (winks and luvs) for users located in cities with populations of 200,000 or more. The index reflects activity on Tagged from January 1 to April 30, 2012.

The top ten friendliest cities in California are:

1. Santa Ana, 746*
2. Oakland, 313
3. Hollywood, 276
4. Modesto, 204
5. San Diego, 191
6. Long Beach, 190
7. Bakersfield, 184
8. San Bernardino, 177
9. Sacramento,173
10. Pasadena, 160

*Friendliness measured by the average number of friend requests, gift giving and expressions (winks and luvs) sent by active users in each location.

“California’s friendly nature is well represented throughout the state with each major region earning a spot on our friendship index,” said Vice President of Marketing, Steve Sarner. “From Oakland and Sacramento to Bakersfield, San Bernardino, Pasadena and San Diego, Tagged.com users are not shy about expressing their friendship with friends near and far.”

Known for its beautiful climate, healthy lifestyle and amazing coastline, Tagged researchers noted that California is home to nearly 38 million people who live, work and play in the Golden State. With so much to offer amongst a diverse culture, it’s no surprise to learn California is friendly and welcoming both on and offline:

  • Living next door to “The Happiest Place on Earth” makes the city of Santa Ana, home to more than 300,000 people, a gateway to good times, friendly faces and a creative culture. With great schools, notable athletics and a growing economy, Santa Ana is at the center of the easygoing lifestyle of many Southern California cities.
  • As a major port city on the San Francisco Bay, Oakland is home to a diverse population and expressive culture that continues to evolve. The mix of business, politics, activism, culture and art give Oakland a tight-knit feel with big aspirations.
  • The stars align in Hollywood for ambitious, talented and friendly people who hope to make it big. Hollywood’s historical significance to the entertainment industry has helped this city of 125,000 enjoy revitalization and population growth.

About Tagged
Tagged is the social network for meeting new people. While other offerings focus almost exclusively on existing relationships, Tagged has established the category of social discovery. Tagged is the largest social discovery network in the world with over 330 million members (combined with recently acquired hi5) in 220 countries. Tagged enables anyone to meet and socialize through social games, advanced browsing features, shared interests and more. Founded in 2004, Tagged is based in San Francisco. More information is available athttp://about.tagged.com.