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.

Feb. 10, 2009

McDonald’s and Starbucks: 43% Yin, 35% Yang

In the smackdown between Big Macs and caffe lattes, Americans manage to typecast themselves by just about every demographic and ideological characteristic under the sun.

Jan. 29, 2009

For Nearly Half of America, Grass Is Greener Somewhere Else

Where would Americans most like to live — and how do they feel about the place they currently call home?

Dec. 17, 2008

American Mobility: Movers,Stayers, Places and Reasons

Americans are settling down: Only 13% of the U.S. population changed residences between 2006 and 2007, the lowest share since the 1940s. A new Pew Research Center survey looks at the reasons people move and stay put, and explains why 23% of adults aren’t living in the place they consider home. Also, an interactive set of maps with detailed regional and state data shows that Texas is the nation’s “stickiest” state and Nevada is the most “magnetic.” Visit the maps to find stats on all 50 states.

Dec. 2, 2008

Americans Claim to Like Diverse Communities but Do They Really?

People express pro-diversity attitudes to pollsters but U.S. neighborhoods have grown more politically and economically homogenous in recent decades, according to analyses of election returns and U.S. Census data.

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.

Sep. 25, 2008

Women Call the Shots at Home; Public Mixed on Gender Roles in Jobs

They say it’s a man’s world, but in the typical American family, it’s the woman who wears the pantsuit. Still, Americans retain strong traditional gender preferences with respect to some job roles. To find out where you fit, take our Couples Quiz, then read the report on the findings of the national survey.

Sep. 15, 2008

Revisiting the Mommy Wars After Palin: Politics, Gender and Parenthood

A new Pew survey, like others before it, found Republicans far more troubled than Democrats by the long term trend toward mothers of young children working outside the home. But these surveys were conducted before Sarah Palin entered the political scene. The especially enthusiatic initial reponse to her vice presidential candidacy contrasts sharply with these findings.