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The 2011 Community Preference Survey: What Americans Are Looking For When Deciding Where To Live

The 2011 Community Preference Survey is an update of research the National Association of Realtors® commissioned in 2004 on Americans’ preferences regarding the communities in which they live. There have been major changes in the economy and the housing market since the 2004 Community Preference Survey was conducted. Property values have dropped significantly in many areas, foreclosures are at record highs, and fluctuating gas prices have made long commutes more costly. This research explores how Americans’ preferences regarding communities and housing have changed over the last seven years. The research covers characteristics consumers are looking for in a community, the reality of their current communities, and what policies they would support to improve their communities in the future.