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Company typePrivate
United States
Key people
Andrew Schiller (founder)

NeighborhoodScout is a website and online database of U.S. neighborhood analytics created in 2002.[1][2] The site offers neighborhood reports and a search function. [3][4][5][6][7]

The website is owned and operated by Location, Inc., a Rhode Island corporation headquartered in Worcester, Massachusetts.[8]


Andrew Schiller conceived NeighborhoodScout while working on his doctorate in geography at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts.[9]

In an interview with Inman News, Schiller discusses that he used to move around often for jobs or for school, and was often in a position to make expensive decisions about the best places in which to buy or rent. “But asking friends or real estate professionals always led to answers that were an inaccurate mix of what my friend or agent thought I wanted, combined with what they themselves want in a neighborhood. As a result, the suggestions were never right.”[9] Schiller founded Location, Inc. in 2000 and launched Neighborhoodscout.com in 2002.[8]

By 2006, Location, Inc. reported that NeighborhoodScout had nearly 70,000 subscribers and had served over 1 million users since inception.[10] In 2015, NeighborhoodScout reported to serve over 1 million users each month.[11] NeighborhoodScout earns revenue from customer subscriptions and advertising. They also refer homebuyers to real estate agents and collect a referral fee when they transact on a home.[12]

Media attention[edit]

In 2003, The Wall Street Journal used NeighborhoodScout in an example of how more homebuyers are turning to the web, rather than their agents, to find real estate data to fuel their decisions.[2] In 2008, real estate mogul Barbara Corcoran listed NeighborhoodScout as one of the "best real estate sites."[13] NeighborhoodScout lists have been published in Bloomberg Business,[5] Forbes,[4] CNBC,[14] TIME,[15][16] the Wall Street Journal,[17] CBS[18] and CNN Money.[19]

In 2011, financial journalist Stacey Bradford of CBS MoneyWatch featured NeighborhoodScout and CEO Schiller in a How-To article about finding the best neighborhood. Bradford counseled readers that sites like NeighborhoodScout are helpful at providing the type of information about areas that real estate agents are prohibited from divulging because of the Fair Housing Act.[20]

Controversy over racial and ethnic data[edit]

In 2014, NeighborhoodScout released a feature that allows users to filter neighborhood by crime statistics, school quality, housing values, and demographic characteristics such as languages, ethnicity, race, and income. The feature was criticized by the National Fair Housing Alliance who were concerned that showing racial statistics on real estate websites may steer homebuyers to filter their searches based on race.[21] The CEO of NeighborhoodScout contested the claim it violates the Fair Housing Act, and said the site could actually help to promote integration. In an interview with Inman News on the topic, Schiller noted that searching for areas based on race and ethnicity is “not necessarily contemptible,” and provided an example of a Korean customer who used NeighborhoodScout to find areas populated by other Koreans.[22]


  1. ^ Savides, Steven (June 18, 2003). "How the Web-savvy retiree picks a new hometown". The Christian Science Monitor. The Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved 29 September 2015.
  2. ^ a b Reed, Danielle (May 2, 2003). "Home Buyers Hunting Deals Go Online for Ammunition". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 29 September 2015.
  3. ^ Veiga, Alex (February 20, 2009). "Web sites help homebuyers find good schools". NBC News. The Associated Press. Retrieved 29 September 2015.
  4. ^ a b Woolsey, Matt (December 7, 2007). "Best Blue-Chip Real Estate Investments". Forbes. Forbes.com, LLC. Retrieved 29 September 2015.
  5. ^ a b Wong, Venessa (March 1, 2011). "Where the Richest People Live". Bloomberg Businessweek. Bloomberg L. P. Retrieved 29 September 2015.
  6. ^ Tyson, Eric (February 7, 2012). Home Buying Kit for Dummies (5th ed.). John Wiley & Sons. p. 245. ISBN 978-1118206478.
  7. ^ "Salaries, Costs of Living, & Relocation". U.S. Department of State. Retrieved 29 September 2015.
  8. ^ a b "Location Inc. Chooses Worcester for its New Headquarters". City of Worcester Announcements. City of Worcester. October 27, 2010. Retrieved 29 September 2015.
  9. ^ a b Wiggin, Teke (November 24, 2014). "Follow the Leaders: Andrew Schiller, CEO of NeighborhoodScout". Inman News. Inman News. Retrieved 29 September 2015.
  10. ^ Resende, Patricia. "RI Firm Aims to Help You Find the Best Place to Live". Boston Business Journal. Mass High Tech.
  11. ^ "Location, Inc. of Worcester Expands its Staff". Go Local Worcester. Go Local.
  12. ^ Prevost, Lisa (July 18, 2014). "The Data-Driven Home Search: Using Data to Find a New York Suburb That Fits". The New York Times. Retrieved 29 September 2015.
  13. ^ Corcoran, Barbara (February 28, 2008). "High-speed house hunting: 18 best real estate sites". Entrepreneur. TODAY Money. Retrieved 29 September 2015.
  14. ^ Kane, Colleen (August 31, 2011). "10 Perfect Suburbs". CNBC Life. CNBC LLC. Retrieved 29 September 2015.
  15. ^ Friedman, Megan (October 6, 2010). "Where Are America's Most Dangerous Neighborhoods?". TIME, Inc. TIME Newsfeed. Retrieved 29 September 2015.
  16. ^ Veiga, Alex (February 20, 2009). "Web sites help homebuyers find good schools". NBC News. The Associated Press. Retrieved 29 September 2015.
  17. ^ Coombes, Andrea (April 24, 2006). "Best Places to Retire Near Metro Areas". The Wall Street Journal, Marketwatch. Dow Jones & Company, Inc. Retrieved 29 September 2015.
  18. ^ Morales, Tatiana (July 16, 2004). "Second Home As An Investment". CBS News. CBS Interactive, Inc. Retrieved 29 September 2015.
  19. ^ "Best Big-City Bargains". TIME Money. No. Best Places to Live 2014. Time Inc. September 21, 2014. Retrieved 29 September 2015.
  20. ^ Bradford, Stacey (January 21, 2011). "Families: How to Find a Great Neighborhood". CBS Moneywatch. CBS Interactive, Inc. Retrieved 29 September 2015.
  21. ^ harney, kenneth. "Some realty sites describe neighborhoods' racial and ethnic makeup; is that legal?". Washington Post. Retrieved 12 January 2023.
  22. ^ Wiggin, Teke (June 23, 2014). "Fair housing group investigating display of racial data on real estate websites". Inman News. Inman. Retrieved 29 September 2015.

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