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Majority of Americans Prefer a Community With Big Houses

Meanwhile, 42 percent would prefer a community where houses are smaller 

A majority of Americans (57 percent) say they would prefer to live in a community where “houses are larger and farther apart, but schools, stores and restaurants are several miles away,” according to a Pew Research Center survey conducted March 27-April 2, 2023. About four-in-ten (42 percent) would prefer a community where houses are smaller. 

The share of the public that prefers more spread-out communities is roughly similar to two years ago, when six-in-ten Americans said this. Public preferences were more evenly divided on this question in fall 2019, a few months before the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

As in the past, there are differences in these preferences by party, age, education, race, ethnicity and community type.

Please select this link to read the complete article from the Pew Research Center.

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