Tim Tebow Tops List for Most-Wanted Celebrity Neighbor; 'Jersey Shore' Cast Worst

By Elizabeth Harrington | December 28, 2011 | 4:39 PM EST

Tim Tebow of the Denver Broncos kneels in prayer. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

(CNSNews.com) – Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow has come out on top in an annual survey asking Americans which celebrity they would most like to have living next door.

Cast members of MTV’s Jersey Shore were named the least-wanted neighbors of the year – for the second consecutive year. The survey is conducted by Zillow, a real estate information marketplace.

Topping the list in Zillow’s fifth annual survey was Tebow, the phenom quarterback known for his outspoken Christianity, with 11 percent of the total votes cast.

Hollywood glamour couples Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie and Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux rounded out the top three, scoring 10 percent and nine percent respectively.

At the other end of the scale, apparently most Americans would prefer to watch Snooki’s escapades from a safe distance – if at all. The hard-partying New Jersey reality show ensemble secured the thumbs-down from 28 percent of respondents to win the worst neighbors title.

Charlie Sheen (21 percent) and Lindsay Lohan (14 percent) rounded out the top three worst neighbors, after a year characterized by Sheen’s “winning” tirades and firing from the hit sitcom Two and a Half Men, and actress Lohan’s continuing legal troubles.

Reality star socialite Kim Kardashian, Pitt and Jolie, and former prosecutor Nancy Grace appeared on both lists.

Kardashian ranked the fourth worst celebrity neighbor (13 percent) while coming in at seventh place (four percent) on the most desired neighbor list.

Pitt and Jolie ranked second behind Tebow for best, and garnered sixth place (three percent) for the worst.

Grace took sixth place (four percent) in the best neighbor list and fifth place (three percent) in the worst neighbor list.

Jersey Shore's Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, File)

American Idol’s Jennifer Lopez and music moguls Beyoncé and Jay-Z were also listed as preferred neighbors for the coming year, coming in at fourth and fifth place respectively.

Disgraced sexting politician Anthony Weiner also made the worst list, taking seventh place with two percent of the vote.

Perhaps the most striking finding was the fact that most respondents – 42 percent – did not want a celebrity neighbor, the highest score in the survey’s short history.

“As a voyeuristic culture that breathlessly tracks every celebrity movement, it’s extremely surprising to see so many Americans saying they wouldn’t like to live next to any celebrity at all,” said Zillow chief marketing officer Amy Bohutinsky.

“We may want to watch, read and talk about celebrities, but when it comes to sharing a back fence, many Americans think it’s just too close for comfort.”

The survey randomly selected 1,007 American adults to determine the results.


The survey’s full results are:

Most desirable neighbors

Tim Tebow (11 percent of votes)
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt (10 percent)
Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux (9 percent)
Jennifer Lopez (6 percent)
Beyoncé and Jay-Z (5 percent)
Nancy Grace (4 percent)
Kim Kardashian (4 percent)
Other (11 percent)
None of the above (42 percent)

Least desirable neighbors

Jersey Shore cast (28 percent of votes)
Charlie Sheen (21 percent)
Lindsay Lohan (14 percent)
Kim Kardashian (13 percent)
Nancy Grace (3 percent)
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt (3 percent)
Anthony Weiner (2 percent)
Other (2 percent)
None of the above (14 percent)