Long-Term Homeownership Does Foster Civic Engagement

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Researchers in the upcoming September issue of the Urban Affairs Review examine data collected from a group of low- and mid-income homeowners and renters over four years to determine if owning a home inspires more people to get involved with the community.

They found that this is indeed the case so long as the ownership is sustained. The study assumed civic engagement stems from three overarching factors: rates of mobility, financial self-interest and more general self-interests such as neighborhood amenities and social ties. Of those three, mobility — how often one moves or stays put — was deemed the strongest.

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