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San Francisco Tops the List of Best Cities for Trick-or-Treating

Zillow's annual list finds the best cities and neighborhoods for kids to get the most candy in the least amount of time this Halloween

Oct 12, 2017

SEATTLE, Oct. 12, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- San Francisco and San Jose are the best cities for trick-or-treating in 2017, according to Zillow's annual Trick-or-Treat Indexi.

Zillow Trick-or-Treat Index 2017

Every October Zillow® identifies the best cities and neighborhoods for trick-or-treaters looking to score the most candy in the least amount of time. Zillow economists ranked cities based on home values, the share of population under 10 years old and single family home density.

San Francisco tops the 2017 rankings, reclaiming the #1 spot thanks to high home values – we think these neighborhoods will give out the biggest candy bars – and homes that are close together to minimize the time it takes to go door-to-door. San Francisco has ranked number one on Zillow's list for the past four out of five years.

"Searching for neighborhoods with the best candy is a Halloween tradition for many kids and their parents," said Zillow Chief Economist Dr. Svenja Gudell. "Our annual list is a fun way for families to see how their neighborhood stacks up against others when it comes to trick-or-treating. These are places we think will have plenty of candy and lots of young kids running around from door to door. If you don't live in one of these cities, look for areas that are getting into the Halloween spirit with decorations and lots of costumed kids."

Washington, D.C. made the biggest jump this year, moving up 12 spots to number eight. Long Beach, Calif., El Paso, Texas and Mesa, Ariz. broke into the top 20 for the first time this year, while Sacramento, Calif. and Charlotte, N.C. returned to the list after dropping off in 2016. Philadelphia slipped to third after leading the rankings last year.

For the complete rankings, including the best neighborhoods in each city for trick-or-treating, go to

10 Best Cities for Trick-or-Treating in 2017

  1. San Francisco
  2. San Jose, Calif.
  3. Philadelphia
  4. Long Beach, Calif.
  5. Los Angeles
  6. Baltimore
  7. Sacramento, Calif.
  8. Washington, D.C.
  9. Milwaukee
  10. Seattle

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i To calculate the Trick-or-Treat Index, Zillow uses the Zillow Home Value Index, single-family home density, and the share of the population under 10 years old in cities with a population of at least 500,000.  This data is combined to reveal the cities where trick-or-treaters can get the best candy in the least amount of time.




For further information: Lauren Braun, Zillow,