Renting Still Carries a Stigma in America

July 10, 2019
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A recent survey found that 30% of the U.S. population attaches a stigma to renting, despite the fact that more than a third of the population rents, the Denver Post reports.

Some of the terms used to marginalize renters by survey respondents included “transient,” “poorer,” “second-class citizens,” “less successful,” “not fully invested,” and “wasting their money.”

About 34 percent of renters and 28 percent of homeowners agreed that renting in America, something 109 million people do, carries a stigma, according to the survey.

Popov had expected city dwellers and young adults would have the most favorable view of renting, given that they were more likely to rent. But that wasn’t the case. Adults over the age of 60 and rural residents were the most accommodative on the topic.

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