Mar. 19, 2009

Public Has Split Verdict on Increased Level of Unmarried Motherhood

There is a stronger consensus in public opinion about the social cost of out-of-wedlock births than there is about the morality of these births.

Mar. 18, 2009

Most Like It Hot

Given a choice, most Americans would opt for a sun-kissed climate — but not necessarily for a warm-weather city.

Mar. 11, 2009

Magnet or Sticky?

At first glance, magnet and sticky states may seem to be mirror opposites of each other, and it is true that most states score high on one scale and low on another. But it turns out that 10 states rank high on both scales, and another nine score low on both. Find out where your state lands.

Feb. 26, 2009

Suburbs Not Most Popular, But Suburbanites Most Content

Suburbanites are significantly more satisfied with their communities than are residents of cities, small towns or rural areas, but that doesn’t mean Americans want to live there.

Feb. 19, 2009

No Place Like Home — Even if the Value Is in the Tank

Not even a housing-led recession can shake Americans’ faith in the blessings of homeownership.

Oct. 23, 2008

Republicans: Still Happy Campers

Despite the imploding stock market, the looming recession, the unpopular president and discouraging political polls, a new Social Trends survey finds GOP adherents still beat Democrats on the happiness scale.

Oct. 6, 2008

Middle Class, By the Numbers

The plight of Middle Americans has been much invoked by candidates from both parties this election year. Who are these folk? Here’s a self-portrait painted in statistics.

Jul. 29, 2008

America’s Four Middle Classes

The Top of the Class, the Satisfied Middle, the Anxious Middle and the Struggling Middle – what unites and divides the majority of Americans who call themselves “middle class.”

Jun. 25, 2008

Baby Boomers: The Gloomiest Generation

Today, in their early 40s to early 60s, boomers are more prosperous than any other age group. Their tastes still rule the world. Yet this privileged and pampered generation is the most downbeat in America.

May. 29, 2008

The Middle Class Blues: Pricey Neighborhoods, High Stress

When it comes to anxiety about family finances, an old truism applies: Where you stand depends on where you sit. Or, more precisely, on where your house or apartment sits.