Do Americans love their neighbors as themselves? Although â€œloveâ€ 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! Letâ€™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 neighborsâ€™ names. But even among people who donâ€™t know their neighborsâ€™ names, 53% like their neighbors.
DoesÂ renting versus owningÂ 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 neighborsâ€™ names (61% for owners, 39% for renters).
How about geography? Looking across regions, Midwesterners are most likely to know their neighborsâ€™ names: 60% do, compared with 51% in the Northeast and the South, and 49% in the West. But perhaps Westerners are easier-going, since theyâ€™re the most likely to like their neighbors (72% in the West vs. 67% nationally), despite being the least likely to know their names.Â More suburbanites, too, like their neighbors and know their names than people who live in more urban areas.
% who generally like their neighbors
% who know their neighborsâ€™ names
Very few people â€“ just 5% â€“ 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 didnâ€™t plan it that way: in fact, few people considered their prospective neighbors as a â€œvery importantâ€ factor when they chose their currentÂ 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 â€œVery Importantâ€ in Choosing Homes
Consideration When Choosing Current Home
% â€œvery importantâ€
Cost of home
Condition of home
Location of neighborhood
Character of neighborhood
Size of home
Despite neighbors taking a back seat compared with other considerations when choosing a home, harmony reigns in neighborhoods across America.
Wonâ€™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 areÂ 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 â€“ that is, those that said that the neighbors were a very important consideration when choosing their home â€“ 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 â€“ and language differences often go hand in hand with racial or ethnic differences.
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Respondents who say neighbors â€œvery importantâ€ in choosing current home