When you’re looking to move to an unfamiliar place, you can drive around the block, look at crime stats or check out local hotspots to get a feel for the neighborhood.
However, you may want to consider how noisy it gets at your new pad, whether that from a lot of loud dogs or an annoying amount of ice cream trucks.
Online real estate portal Trulia analyzed noise complaints from police departments in Seattle, San Francisco and New York City to find out where you might want avoid if you’re looking for a good night’s sleep. Each heat map below uses police data that Trulia pulled from over the past five years.
In Seattle, noise complaints settled around Capitol Hill and the University District, which makes sense given the nightlife. While there are also substantial complaints near downtown, the South Lake Union area that Amazon.com calls home is consistently quiet.
That may be because no one lives there, but it also might be that Amazonians just don’t have the time to make noise:
In San Francisco, the Tenderloin, Upper Haight, Mission, and North Beach areas produce the most noise complaints:
In New York City, noise complaints are more evenly spread:
The police also collect info on what caused the noise complaint, which produce some hilarious maps. The best ones are about ice cream trucks — if New Yorkers don’t want this song stuck in their head all day, these areas might be worth avoiding:
San Francisco-based Trulia was acquired by Seattle-based Zillow Group this past February in a deal valued at $2.5 billion.