Good News: Most Neighbors Like Each Other

November 11, 2013

“Good fences make good neighbors,” according to the poet Robert Frost, but in fact, most Americans are happy with their neighbors — fence or no fence.

Homes in Oakland's Rockridge neighborhood


A recent survey by the real estate classified ads website Trulia found that two-thirds of all Americans like their neighbors. And familiarity breeds contentment: 80 percent of people who know their neighbors’ names generally like them.

A close look at the numbers also shows a significant variance between homeowners and renters. Homeowners are more likely than renters to be agreeable to their neighbors  – 74 percent versus 58 percent — and to know their neighbors’ names: 61 percent versus 39 percent.

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