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In Most U.S. Cities, Archaic Laws Limit Roommate Living

Critics argue laws preventing unrelated adults from living in the same home fail to understand the modern American household.

May 24, 2023 - The Atlantic

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Co-Living Redefined by Denver City Council

Over the strong opposition from neighborhood groups, the Denver City Council has approved new regulations that allow up to five unrelated individuals to live in the same household.

February 10, 2021 - The Denver Post

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New 'Affordability Index' Shows How Far Money Goes in New York City

(Not very far.)

June 27, 2019 - Curbed New York


What Will the Future of Homeownership Look Like?

Homeownership rates declined precipitously in the United States up until 2016. While that trend has reversed in more recent years, it's still hard to tell what the future of homeownership will be.

March 27, 2019 - Harvard Center for Joint Housing Studies


U.S. Households Using Less Energy

Total on-site energy use in U.S. homes declined between 2009 and 2015, thanks to new new building technology and warmer winters.

July 14, 2018 - Housing Perspectives


More Renters Are Living With Roommates

Renters are more likely to double up when the price of rental housing is less affordable.

December 17, 2017 - Zillow

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National Building Museum Exhibition Explores the Changing American Household

The National Building Museum draws attention to the drastic change that has come to the American household. No longer does the nuclear family dominate the housing market, and a new era of housing development must be launched.

November 18, 2017 - National Building Museum

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Homeownership Takes on New Meaning

Homeownership is declining in the United States, so what does the new homeowner of the post-recession era look like?

October 12, 2017 - Brookings

Five Key Statistics for Understanding Millennial Households

There has been a lot of speculation about the motivations of Millennials as they enter the workforce and the real estate market. The Pew Research Center starts with the facts.

September 6, 2017 - Pew Research Center

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Support One Car Families to Achieve Local Transportation Goals

Cities that are serious about transportation goals need to think seriously about supporting families who choose to live low car lifestyles.

August 25, 2017 - American City & County

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More Young Americans Living With Their Parents Than Any Year Since 1940

The highest share of young Americans living with their parents hit a record high of 40.9 percent in 1940. In 2016, the share falls just short of that figure, at 40 percent.

December 22, 2016 - The Wall Street Journal

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The Changing World of the Single Family Home

There is not one single kind of family, so there should not be one kind of "Single Family Home."

October 4, 2016 - Pacific Standard

1 in 5 Americans Now Living in Multi-Generational Households

The number of Americans living in multi-generational households is approaching levels not seen since the 1950s.

August 11, 2016 - Pew Research Center

Living Alone Now the Most Common Type of Household

A revealing examination of demographic data shows a country that bears little resemblance to the 1950s era that bequeathed its housing and transportation models to current generations.

December 2, 2015 - Stat Chat

Report: Downzoning Fails Demographics on Chicago's Northside

Lakeview, on the North Side of Chicago lost one percent of its total households between 2000 and 2011, while its population grew 11 percent. That means more families, but according to a new report, the neighborhood might need new zoning to keep up.

April 19, 2015 - Chi.Streetsblog

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Documenting D.C.'s Demographic Shift

Data from Washington D.C. shows how the demographics of eastern neighborhoods have shifted heavily toward childless singles over the past decade.

March 1, 2015 - District Measured

Census Survey: Household Growth Finally Booming

The most recent Census Bureau Housing Vacancy Survey showed a long-awaited boom in household growth—to the tune of 1.6 million households in year-over-year growth.

February 21, 2015 - Harvard Center for Joint Housing Studies

Domestic Millennial

Study: Millennials Will Soon Boost the Housing Industry

Although the recession disrupted household creation by Millennials, a new study from Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies suggests the generation will soon start to create households in large, influential numbers.

June 30, 2014 - The Washington Post

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From 'Leave It to Beaver' to 'Modern Family'

Kaid Benfield takes a moment to reflect on the changing nature of the American household and how it will shape our cities in the coming years.

November 22, 2012 - Switchboard

Census Data Reveals Fundamental Changes in Modern Families

Think your living arrangement is unique? You aren't alone. The New York Times parses the vicissitudes and permutations of the twenty-first century American households.

June 20, 2011 - The New York Times

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