Americans Prefer Smart Growth Neighborhoods, Study Finds

A recent study by the National Association of Realtors found that 56 per cent of respondents preferred walkable, mixed-use neighborhoods over neighborhoods that required more driving between home, work, and recreation.

From Market Wire:

The Community Preference Survey found that "88 percent of respondents placed more value on the quality of the neighborhood than the size of the home," when considering a home purchase.

Also, "eighty percent of those surveyed would prefer to live in a single-family, detached home as long as it didn't require a longer commute, but nearly three out of five of those surveyed -- 59 percent -- would choose a smaller home if it meant a commute time of 20 minutes or less."

The survey conducted in February 2011 was comprised of a sample of 2,071 adult Americans.

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Preferred Neighborhoods for Americans

The low preference for sprawl is even more striking. Only 12% say they prefer the sort of neighborhood where most Americans live, "a suburban neighborhood with houses only."

New Urbanist suburbs are more than twice as popular as sprawl suburbs.

from the survey results:

When selecting a community, nearly half of the public (47%) would prefer to live in a city (19%) or a suburban neighborhood with a mix of houses, shops, and businesses (28%). Another four in ten (40%) would prefer a rural area (22%) or a small town (18%). Only one in ten (12%) say they would prefer a suburban neighborhood with houses only.

Charles Siegel

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