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Trulia Survey: More Than 2 In 3 Americans Generally Like Their Neighbors, But Almost Half Don’t Know Their Neighbors’ Names

Trulia, Inc. (NYSE: TRLA), a leading online marketplace for homebuyers, sellers, renters, and real estate professionals, today released the results of their Trulia Neighbor Survey, revealing consumer sentiment about their current neighbors and neighborhoods across the United States. Harris Interactive conducted the online survey on behalf of Trulia among 3,014 U.S. adults, age 18 and over, between September 25 and 27, 2013. Check out the full report here.

More Suburbanites and Homeowners Know Their Neighbors’ Names…And Like Them Too!

Two thirds of Americans (67 percent) say they like their neighbors, even though only 53 percent actually know their neighbors’ names. Residents living in suburban areas are more inclined to like their neighbors and know their names than people who live in more urban areas; homeowners, too, are much more likely than renters to like their neighbors (74 percent vs. 58 percent) and know their names (61 percent vs. 39 percent). Looking across regions, Midwesterners are the most likely to know their neighbors’ names: 60 percent do, compared with 51 percent in the Northeast and the South, and 49 percent in the West.
             
     

% Who Know Their Neighbors’

Names
   

% Who Generally Like Their

Neighbors
All Respondents     53%     67%
             
Homeowner    

61%
    74%
Renter     39%     58%
             
Suburban     54%     68%
Urban     46%     65%
             
Midwest     60%     67%
Northeast     51%     67%
South     51%     65%
West     49%     72%
       

Americans Desire Home-Owning Neighbors That Speak Their Same Language

Even though most Americans like their neighbors, even more are picky about them, with 75 percent preferring that their neighbors have particular characteristics. Speaking the same language fell second on the list of important neighbor traits among Americans (33 percent), above having the same race/ethnicity (10 percent), age (nine percent), family structure (16 percent), and political views (four percent). But the most important neighbor attribute was homeownership: 35 percent of respondents said it was important that their neighbors are homeowners, and this percentage increased among Americans who are homeowners themselves (51 percent). More urban dwellers than suburban residents agree sharing similar habits and behaviors – such as keeping the same hours and being similarly involved with the neighborhood – is important.
                   
“It is important to me that my neighbors…”     All     Suburban     Urban
Are homeowners     35%     38%     29%
Speak the same language as me     33%     34%     27%
Are as involved with our neighborhood as I am     22%     22%     24%
Have the same family structure as me     16%     17%     13%
Keep the same hours as I do     13%     12%     15%
Are of the same race or ethnicity as me     10%     11%     8%
Have the same political views as me     4%     3%     5%
           

Only 1 in 5 Americans Admit To Judging Their Neighbors Based On Their Home

Some neighbors, even the friendly ones, can be judgmental, passive-aggressive, or nosy. One fifth of Americans say they judge their neighbors on the appearance or condition of their home and property, with suburbanites a bit more likely to judge their neighbors than urban dwellers. 31 percent would actively ignore a neighbor if they were in a disagreement with them, and 30 percent would complain to their landlord, homeowners’ association, the police, or a local authority (other than the police). Curiosity strikes more than a quarter of residents: when a neighbor’s home goes up for sale, 27 percent of adults say they check out the home on an online real estate site, and 11 percent attend the open house.

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