Community and Transportation Preference Survey

The Community Preference Survey is a biennial survey conducted by the National Association of REALTORS® to gain valuable information about consumer’s preferences toward transportation, housing and smart growth.

Questions? Contact Hugh Morris at 202-383-1278.

2020 Community and Transportation Preference Survey

A national poll conducted in July of 2,000 adults in the 50 largest metro areas found that the Coronavirus pandemic has caused some shifts in where families with children would like to live. Specifically there was an increased preference to a location where families could have a detached home with a large yard. In contrast, interest in walkable communities is strong. Twenty percent of respondents who were living in a detached home currently would prefer to live in an attached home in a walkable community with shorter commute. This compares to 10 percent of respondents that would prefer to move from an attached home in a walkable community to a detached dwelling. Finally, people with place to walk in their community continue to be the most satisfied with their quality of life. For more findings and insight from the 2020 Community and Transportation preference survey, see the full survey results below.

State and Local REALTOR® Associations: Access the customizable press release to communicate details to members and/or to help advocate for a range of housing types, open space and walkable neighborhoods.

2017 Community and Transportation Preference Survey

A national poll of 3,000 adults in the fifty largest metro areas found that it is no longer just Millennials propelling interest in walkable communities. This new report shows that the Silent and Greatest Generation prefer smaller homes in neighborhoods with easy walks to shops and restaurants. The poll was conducted by the National Association of REALTORS®.

NAR & Portland State University: 2015 Community and Transportation Preferences Survey

A national poll of 3,000 adults in the fifty largest metro areas found that Millennials are distinguishing themselves as the generation that, more than any other generation, prefers to walk. The poll was jointly conducted by the National Association of REALTORS® and researchers at the Portland State University.

NAR 2013 Community Preference Survey: Americans Prefer to Live in Mixed-Use, Walkable Communities

According to the National Association of REALTORS® 2013 Community Preference Survey, 60 percent of respondents favor a neighborhood with a mix of houses, stores, and other businesses that are within walking distance, rather than neighborhoods requiring driving between home, work, and recreation. Respondents indicated that while the size of a home or yard does matter, most are willing to compromise size for a preferred neighborhood and less commuting.