America in 2013: A ULI Survey of Views on Housing, Transportation, and Community

Posted by Content Coordinator on Monday, June 10th, 2013


America in 2013

Will the changing face of America be a catalyst for a changing landscape as well?

America is a diverse nation and our story is ever evolving. How we feel and what we value about the communities we live in is changing, too. The Urban Land Institute’s Infrastructure Initiative and Terwilliger Center for Housing set out to discover where America stands in 2013 when it comes to views on housing, transportation, and community.

In partnership with Belden Russonello Strategists LLC, a nationally recognized survey and communications firm, ULI conducted a statistically representative survey of 1,202 adults living in the United States.

The results of the survey provide an important benchmark on American attitudes and expectations around community choices. While the survey finds that the American people are overwhelmingly satisfied with their community’s quality of life, the survey also highlights the diversity of views Americans hold about where and how they live and what they want.

This document presents a summary of key survey takeaways, but there is much more to learn about America in 2013. We invite you to take a closer look at the survey online at

How We Feel

87% of Americans are somewhat or very satisfied with the quality of life in their community.

Despite this general sense of well-being, there are areas of division among Americans related to satisfaction with career opportunities and access to transit. Survey respondents were more satisfied with their home (89%) than with the range of transportation options available in their community (72%).

 America in 2013

What We Value

Americans are a study in contradictions. Americans value having a lot of space between themselves and neighbors about as much as they value walkability. Neighborhood safety and schools top the list of important community characteristics for many Americans. Even though convenient public transportation is at the bottom of this list, 52% of Americans say it is important to them.

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Read full report (PDF) here: America in 2013

About the Urban Land Institute (ULI)
“ULI, the Urban Land Institute, is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit research and education organization supported by its members. Founded in 1936, we now have members worldwide, representing the entire spectrum of land use and real estate development disciplines working in private enterprise and public service.”

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