Study Finds That Home Satisfaction Depends On Size

Sep 9, 2019

Satisfaction with your home can depend on its size compared to your neighbors' homes, according to new Iowa State University research. Dan Kuhlmann, assistant professor of community and regional planning, found that people are more likely to be dissatisfied with their house if it is smaller than their neighbors'.

"If you live in a relatively small house, controlling for, again, all the other things that we might expect effect satisfaction, that seems to increase the likelyhood that you're dissatisfied with your home. And kind of the  opposite is true if you're living in a relatively large house. If you're in a five-bedroom house surrounded by four-bedroom houses you seem to be more satisfied with your house." 

On this segment of River to River, host Ben Kieffer dives into Kuhlmann's latest research and takes questions and comments from listeners about their experience with this housing phenomenon.    


Dan Kuhlmann, Assistant Professor of Community and Regional Planning at Iowa State University