Teenagers vs. the suburbs | IN 60 SECONDS

Teenagers vs. the suburbs | IN 60 SECONDS


To many young Americans, suburbs are
boring, economically stagnant, socially monolithic places filled with
Republicans. But data from AEI’s Survey on Community and Society shows that suburbs
are actually politically diverse places where younger Americans have vibrant
social lives and dynamic economic opportunities. 21% of suburbanites are
liberal, and 16% are conservative. Most suburbanites fall in the middle of the
ideological spectrum. 85% of 18- to 29-year-olds who live in the suburbs say that
they are living in a good or excellent place. In contrast, only 70% of younger
urbanites rate their cities as good or excellent places to live. Young suburbanites are also more likely to regularly talk to their neighbors,
compared to those in cities. And when it comes to the economy, the attitudes of
younger Americans toward their finances and career are as bullish in the suburbs
as they are in the cities. The data is clear: Younger Americans thrive socially
and economically in suburbs, which offer space, safety, convenience and political
diversity. Would you like to live in an urban, suburban, or rural area? Let us know
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