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Growing Demand for Transit Friendly, Mixed-Use Communities

Urban Land Institute

People are clamoring for transit friendly, compact, mixed-use communities according to a new report by the Urban Land Institute. American’s Views on their Communities, Housing, and Transportation surveyed 1,202 adults across the nation and found that growing demographic groups in the U.S. such as generation Y, African-Americans, and Latinos will push demand towards fewer suburbs and more urban mixed-used developments.

Below are some of the major results of the survey:

  • 90% of respondents indicated satisfaction with their community’s quality of life.
  • 70% of respondents believe that buying a home is a good investment in site of the recent housing related recession.
  • 10% of respondents use public transportation for work and school but half of the remaining who are car dependent indicated dissatisfaction with a lack of public transportation.
  • Generation Y, of which half are minorities, had the strongest preference for mixed-use communities and types of housing.
  • Generation X has the largest percentages of high-income members and the strongest preference for single-family homes.
  • Baby boomers are not as likely to move as soon as Generation Y and X but when they do they desire smaller homes with shorter commutes.
  • War babies and the Silent Generation are the most likely to stay in their current homes but also want walkable neighborhoods that are close to family, friends, health services and shopping.

The survey was conducted by live interviews on landlines and cell phones from January 16 to February 3, 2013. Generation Y (born between 1979 and 1995) accounted for 30%, Generation X (born between 1966 and 1978) accounted for 23%, baby boomers (born between 1947 and 1965) accounted for 31%, war babies (born between 1932 and 1946) accounted for 12% and the silent generation (born in 1931 or earlier) accounted for 3% of those surveyed.

Click here for a summary of the report.

Click here to read the full report: American’s Views on their Communities, Housing, and Transportation. 



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