Get outta town! It’s not just New Yorkers who are throwing in the towel. It turns out most Americans would rather be living somewhere else, according to a new study.
Some 70 percent of Americans between the ages of 18 and 76 said they hope to eventually ditch their neighbors and neighborhoods for fairer fields, according to a survey of 2,210 homeowners commissioned by ImproveNet, a home improvement site.
Perhaps more surprising, the study found that of those antsy individuals — of whom 54 percent live in suburbs, 33 percent in cities and 13 percent in exurbs — half would rather be living in a completely different town in the same part of the state.
As evidence that the grass really is always greener on the other side, a further 20 percent said they’d like to move within just 10 miles from their current home. A nearly equal number said their dream neighborhood was across or outside of the country.
In town hopping, respondents said they hoped to live in better proximity to grocery stores, public parks, better public schools, shopping malls, theaters and houses of worship — in that order. The only barrier to actually jumping ship? Cold hard cash.
“Naturally, as people climb income brackets, it’s more likely they’ll be living in their dream neighborhood already,” the study states. “Just 27 percent of people making less than $50,000 per year are living in their ideal neighborhood, compared with 44 percent of those making more than $100,000.”
Still, that means that a full 56 percent in the study’s higher income bracket still haven’t found the town they’re looking for.
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