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By john smith | Real Estate Pro in San Francisco, CA

Neighbors, Neighbors, Neighbors

Do Americans love their neighbors as themselves? Although “love” might be pushing it, most Americans are pretty happy with their neighbors. To understand how Americans feel about their neighbors, Trulia surveyed 3,014 American adults on September 25-27, 2013.

Hey-Diddly-Ho, Neighborino!
Let’s start with the good news. Unlike Homer Simpson, who lives next door to the annoying Ned Flanders, two thirds of all Americans like their neighbors, and that number jumps to 80% among people who know their neighbors’ names. But even among people who don’t know their neighbors’ names, 53% like their neighbors.

Trulia Infographic - Homeowner Neighbor Survey

Does renting versus owning make a difference? You bet. Homeowners are much more likely than renters are to like their neighbors (74% for owners, 58% for renters) and to know their neighbors’ names (61% for owners, 39% for renters).

Trulia Infographic - Homeowner Neighbor Survey

How about geography? Looking across regions, Midwesterners are most likely to know their neighbors’ names: 60% do, compared with 51% in the Northeast and the South, and 49% in the West. But perhaps Westerners are easier-going, since they’re the most likely to like their neighbors (72% in the West vs. 67% nationally), despite being the least likely to know their names. More suburbanites, too, like their neighbors and know their names than people who live in more urban areas.

Trulia Infographic - Homeowner Neighbor Survey

% who generally like their neighbors% who know their neighbors’ names
Owners

74%

61%

Renters

58%

39%

Northeast

67%

51%

Midwest

67%

60%

South

65%

51%

West

72%

49%

Urban

65%

46%

Suburban

68%

54%

Trulia Infographic - Age Neighbor Survey

Very few people – just 5% – say they dislike their neighbors, and only 5% are thinking about moving away because of them. If a disagreement arose with a neighbor, 61% would try to fix the conflict by getting to know their neighbor better and patching up the relationship, while only 4% would get into a fight or argument.

All in all, Americans should consider themselves lucky to have such good neighborly relationships. Most didn’t plan it that way: in fact, few people considered their prospective neighbors as a “very important” factor when they chose their current home. The cost and condition of the home, as well as the location of the neighborhood, were far more important considerations.

Few People Said Neighbors Were “Very Important” in Choosing Homes

Consideration When Choosing Current Home% “very important”
Cost of home57%
Condition of home54%
Location of neighborhood46%
Character of neighborhood37%
Size of home30%
Neighbors16%

Despite neighbors taking a back seat compared with other considerations when choosing a home, harmony reigns in neighborhoods across America.

Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
Even though the majority of Americans like their neighbors, most are picky: 75% prefer that their neighbors have particular traits, characteristics, or behaviors. Among all respondents (not just those with preferences), 35% said it was important to them that their neighbors are homeowners, including 51% of respondents who were homeowners themselves.

More than race, age, education, politics, and religion, one in three (33%) Americans said it was important that they and their neighbors speak the same language. Among the respondents who really care who their neighbors are – that is, those that said that the neighbors were a very important consideration when choosing their home – 40% want neighbors who speak the same language. Even though only 10% of respondents said it was important that neighbors are of the same race or ethnicity as they are, language was important – and language differences often go hand in hand with racial or ethnic differences.

“It is important to me that my neighbors…”

All
respondents

Respondents who say neighbors “very important” in choosing current home

Suburban
respondents

Urban
respondents

Are homeowners

35%

39%

38%

29%

Speak the same language as me

33%

40%

34%

27%

Are as involved with our neighborhood as I am

22%

31%

22%

24%

Have lived in our neighborhood a long time

22%

31%

22%

23%

Have the same family structure as me

16%

25%

17%

13%

Keep the same hours as I do

13%

17%

12%

15%

Are of the same race or ethnicity as me

10%

17%

11%

8%

Are the same age as me

9%

12%

8%

10%

Have children of the same ages as mine

8%

14%

8%

9%

Have the same education level as me

7%

11%

6%

8%

Have the same political views as me

4%

5%

3%

5%

Practice the same religion as me

Comments

By Laura Yznaga,  Thu Oct 24 2013, 09:34
SO TRUE!! Great stats. Thank you for sharing!! :)

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