Metros Where Residents Love Where They Live

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Residents of Lancaster, Pa., and Raleigh, N.C. are the most likely U.S. adults who think their current home is ideal.

June 29, 2015

A recent Gallup poll found that residents of Lancaster, Pa., and Raleigh, N.C. are the “most likely adults in the 100 most populous U.S. metro areas to agree that their house or apartment is ideal for them and their family.”

The satisfied respondents of these two cities, at 78.5 and 78.2 percent respectively, are joined by El Paso, Texas, Cape Coral-Fort Myers, Fla., and Wichita, Kan., in the top five.

To collect information, Gallup interviewed families throughout 2014 as part of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index. Interviewees were asked to use a five-point scale to rate their level of agreement with the following statement: The house or apartment you live in is ideal for you and your family.

Criteria included size of home, location, proximity to public transportation, and neighborhood safety, allowing great diversity in how households define “ideal.”

The lowest five metro areas were three Ohio cities (Dayton, Akron, and Toledo), New York City, and Spokane, Wash. However, two in three residents in these cities say their home is ideal for their family in these lower-ranking cities.

Nationally, 72.6 percent of Americans in 2014 agreed that their housing is ideal.

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