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Most Americans like where they live, rating both their homes and neighborhoods favorably. According to the latest data on housing from the Census Bureau, the average U.S. householder rates their home an 8.37 and their neighborhood an 8.32 on a 10 point scale. Home opinions can be impacted by housing quality, having adequate space, amenities, and cost. Neighborhood opinions vary depending on the quality of nearby schools, crime, and social connectedness, among other factors.
Residents’ average opinion of both their homes and neighborhoods have improved over the last decade. In 2011, residents’ average opinion of their home was 8.27 (on a scale from 1 to 10), with 30.5% of residents rating their home a 10 out of 10. By 2019, the average home rating had increased to 8.37, with 34.5% of residents giving their home the top mark. Neighborhood opinions have also improved, from an average rating of 8.06 in 2011 to 8.32 in 2019.