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Let's talk about Nextdoor – it's the app that can make you laugh and groan at the same time. You either hate it, or you love it. And of course, no Nextdoor community conversation would be complete without someone whining about a noisy pet or a car speeding through the neighborhood.
In fact, a new report by Regional Foundation Repair has found that the most popular topics discussed by Austinites on the Nextdoor app are exactly that: dogs and traffic complaints.
The report combed through nearly 59,000 posts and just under 355,000 comments on the app in the 50 biggest cities in the nation over the past eight years to discover the top discussion trends.
Austin ranked as the No. 6 city with the most barking complaints, and No. 10 as the city where dogs dominate the topic of conversation more than cats do. The report suggests that Austin could be a city with a higher dog-to-cat ratio, but we'll let Austinites be the judge of that.
"As cute as furry friends can be, no one likes when they’re forced to listen to what seems like never-ending barking throughout their day, especially during a time when people are working at home more than ever," the report says. "Constant barking can not only make it difficult to focus on work, but it can disrupt sleep patterns, strain neighborly relationships, and result in an overall annoyance at your current situation."
While traffic complaints can be helpful for some who are trying to avoid it, most of the time it can just be a pain to read about. Though it may be the second-most talked about topic on Nextdoor in Austin, the city actually ranks No. 20 for the most traffic complaints in the overall ranking.
California cities notoriously have the worst traffic, with Sacramento, San Jose, and Fresno in the top three for the most complaints on Nextdoor, followed by Houston. But there is one major Golden State city that is noticeably absent.
"Interestingly, Los Angeles, the second most populous U.S. city, ranked as having the least traffic complaints out of all the cities we studied," the report says. "Maybe people have accepted the constant congestion during their commute as normal, and so they don’t bother talking about it with their neighbors."
As far as smelly streets go, Austin has the third-least stinky streets out of all 50 cities included in the study. At least we have that going for us.
The full report can be found on regionalfoundationrepair.com.