Mancunians have been revealed as the ‘nosiest’ neighbours in the UK

Are we shocked?

Emily Sergeant Emily Sergeant - 8th January 2024

A new survey has revealed where the nosiest neighbours in the UK live, and Manchester’s earned itself the top spot.

In an ideal world, we’d all love to just get along with our neighbours.

That’s not always possible, though, as some neighbours are loud, others are inconsiderate, and a few may even attempt to have a sneaky-peak through your blinds after you leave for work.

But where exactly do the so-called “nosiest” neighbours in the UK live? Well, in an attempt to figure this out, leading electricals and appliance brand, Hisense, decided to ask the British public for their all-important thoughts on the matter.

The company surveyed a total of 1,000 UK adults to figure out just how nosey we are as a nation, and ultimately uncover which city is home to the nosiest of us.


The research was conducted as part of Hisense’s ‘Choose Smarter‘ campaign, which is all about encouraging consumers to make considered purchases, and get their hands on the latest premium technology without the premium price tag.

First off, the research revealed that two thirds of Manchester households (67%) believe it’s important to keep-up appearances when comparing themselves to others on the street – with mowing the lawn (14%), travelling to the same destination (12%), and buying a new car (10%) topping the charts when it came to the nation responding to their neighbours’ actions.


So it probably comes as no surprise that almost half the nation (47%) are so-called ‘curtain twitchers’ and consider themselves to be a nosey neighbour, right? Well, this is even more so the case in here in Manchester, as apparently 63% of Mancs would put ourselves into that category, making us the nosiest city in the UK.

Not only that, but a surprisingly-high 37% of us have even taken it that one step further and admitted to spying on our neighbours.

Wow, okay then.


Top 5 UK cities with the ‘nosiest’ neighbours

  1. Manchester (63%)
  2. Sheffield (53%)
  3. Newcastle (53%)
  4. London (52%)
  5. Nottingham (51%)

“Naturally people compare themselves to others, in particular to those close to them,” explained Dr Cathrine Jansson-Boyd, who is a consumer psychologist.

“Hence, they tend to keep a close eye on the people around them – what they wear, what gadgets they have, and even what changes they make to their house, because if others have something that is particularly appealing, that they either don’t have or that is better than what they have, a ‘want’ to get the same or something better kicks in.

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“An if they don’t, they may end up feeling second-rate. It is like a subconscious game of keeping up with the Joneses.”

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