Living in one of the Beach Cities (Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach) we are always struck by the friendliness of our communities. Everyone consistently says that one of the things they love most about living here is the small-town feel that you just can’t get anywhere else in Los Angeles County. We have very active parents that take part in their children’s’ schools, we have organized community and charity events that everyone attends and supports, and we all come together on the holidays, whether it be 4th of July, Christmas, or Halloween, to show our appreciation for our neighbors. All in all, we’d call the Beach Cities very, very friendly, and we’re grateful for that experience.
We’re doubly grateful because we recently read that having a good community and good relationships with your neighbors is good for your heart – literally. A new University of Michigan study published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health shows that the more social connections you have in your actual neighborhood, the less likely you happen to be to die from a heart attack. The study took into consideration adults in urban, suburban, and rural areas and they can actually quantify how much having neighborhood friends can help you: each measurement of friendship and community means 17% reduced risk of heart attack.
It sounds incredible, but reading this it becomes clear to me why everyone in the Beach Cities seems to be so happy, healthy, and genuinely excited about their community. All the events, outdoor exercise, and walk-streets in Manhattan Beach and Hermosa Beach give everyone here an opportunity to experience a connected neighborhood: something most people in Los Angeles don’t have.