Their research indicates that "[l]ess developed countries have consistently higher levels of homeownership, while more advanced nations combine higher levels of economic development with substantially lower levels of homeownership." For example, Switzerland, "which has the lowest rate of homeownership among the countries Pew studied, is one of the the world's richest and most advanced countries..." While less-developed Eastern European nations like Slovakia and Lithuania have some of the highest homeownership levels.
"American political rhetoric tends to equate rising homeownership rates with strong economic development," adds Florida. "Instead, the opposite is true. The rate of homeownership declines as nations get wealthier."