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Americans’ Preferences for Bigger Houses are Growing

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Bigger and more spread-out housing is more popular now than it was two years ago. That preference cuts across political divides, as well as demographic categories based on race, education, and age.

Americans’ preference for bigger homes appears to have grown over the last couple of years, while at the same time nearby amenities have become less essential, according to a new report from the Pew Research Center.

The report is based on a survey conducted in July that asked more than 10,000 people about their housing preferences. The findings indicate that today 60 percent of Americans prefer communities in which “houses are larger and farther apart, but schools, stores, and restaurants are several miles away.” That’s up from just 53 percent who said the same thing in 2019.

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The report goes on to note that a preference for larger and more spread-out housing has ticked up in multiple demographic categories. For instance, 73 percent of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents want larger and more dispersed homes, up from 65 percent in 2019. But Democrats have also seen a similar shift; today, 49 percent of them want larger and less amenity-adjacent homes, which is up from 42 percent in 2019.

The takeaway, then, is that the much-touted return to cities — a trend that was often linked to millennials who apparently preferred the pleasures of big city living — is, at least for now, over.

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