Aug. 12, 2009

Forty Years After Woodstock, A Gentler Generation Gap

They have different values, beliefs and lifestyles, but young and old today are disagreeing without being disagreeable. Both also share a fondness for Woodstock-era rock and roll.

Aug. 7, 2009

Go West, Old Man

If a latter-day Ponce de Leon were to search for a modern fountain of youth, he’d do well to explore America’s West. There he’d find the highest concentration of older adults in the United States who don’t think of themselves as old.

Jul. 29, 2009

Nap Time

On a typical day, a third of the adults in the United States take a nap. Napping thrives among all demographic groups, but it’s more widespread among some than others.

Jun. 29, 2009

Growing Old in America: Expectations vs. Reality

There is a sizable gap between the expectations that young and middle-aged adults have about old age and the actual experiences reported by older adults themselves.

Apr. 23, 2009

Luxury or Necessity? The Public Makes a U-Turn

From the kitchen to the laundry room to the home entertainment center, Americans are paring down the list of familiar household appliances they say they can’t live without.

Apr. 8, 2009

Smokers Can’t Blow Off Stress

While many say they light up to relieve stress, half of all smokers say they “frequently” experience stress in their daily lives, compared with just 35% of those who once smoked and have now quit, and 31% of those who never smoked.

Mar. 18, 2009

Most Like It Hot

By nearly two-to-one, the public says it prefers a hotter place to live over one with a colder climate. No surprise, then, that San Diego, Tampa and Orlando rank at the top of places to live for those who favor a balmy climate.

Mar. 11, 2009

Magnet or Sticky?: A State-by-State Typology

“Magnet” states are those in which a high share of the adults who live there now moved there from some other state. “Sticky” states are those in which a high share of the adults who were born there live there now.

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Mar. 11, 2009

Interactive: Sticky States

“Magnet” states are those in which a high share of the adults who live there now moved there from some other state. “Sticky” states are those in which a high share of the adults who were born there live there now.

Feb. 26, 2009

Suburbs Not Most Popular, But Suburbanites Most Content

Suburbanites are significantly more satisfied with their communities than are residents of cities, small towns or rural areas, but that doesn’t mean Americans want to live there.