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Liberals and conservatives seek out different types of communities

Importance of geography, home size, walkability, ethnic and religious diversity varies by group

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It may be a stereotype to say that conservatives prefer suburban McMansions while liberals like urban enclaves, but it's one that is grounded in reality, according to a report from the Pew Research Center. The report, "Political Polarization and the American Public," found that liberals and conservatives differ on more than just politics. Given the choice, three-quarters of those who consistently express conservative views say they would opt to live in a community where “the houses are larger and farther apart, but schools, stores and restaurants are several miles away,” and just 22 percent say they’d choose to live where “the houses are smaller and closer to each other, but schools, stores and restaurants are within walking distance,” Pew said. Meanwhile, among those who consistently express liberal views, 77 percent would prefer a smaller house in a walkable neighborhood and 21 percent would choose a larger home further away from amenities. Americans overall are ...