Comedian George Burns once said happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family—in another city.
So even though living close to relatives may mean more support and child care options for parents, maybe the findings of a recent survey aren't that unexpected.
When asked what factors, other than the price, would be most important when searching for a new home, only 33 percent of people with children cited the home's proximity to family, according to an online survey conducted this summer by the real estate website Trulia.com. More than 2,000 adults took part in the poll.
Parents were only slightly more interested in living near relatives than non-parents, 29 percent of whom said having a home close to family was important.
The results aren't particularly surprising, said Amy Blackstone, chair of the department of sociology at the University of Maine.