Nearly 75 Percent of Americans Dislike at Least One of Their Neighbors

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The late, great Mr. Rogers would be terribly disappointed in the results of this survey.

LendingTree recently asked 1,537 Americans about what life was like in their neighborhood and found a considerable amount of bad blood—especially in situations where crowding is more common.

Nearly three-quarters (73%) of Americans reported disliking at least one of their neighbors. Gen Zers (ages 18 to 25), apartment dwellers, and Northeasterners represent the most aggrieved of the bunch, with 79% harboring a dislike for a neighbor.

The most common reasons for neighborly dissatisfaction include giving off a "weird vibe," being too loud, and being rude.

"In today's hot housing market where prices are high and inventory is limited, the unfortunate reality is that some people might not have any other choice but to live near someone they don't like," Jacob Channel, LendingTree senior economic analyst, said in a news release. "And while getting 'bad vibes' from a neighbor can certainly be annoying, dealing with them might be worth it if it means you have an affordable place to live."

Millennials, who are twice as likely as baby boomers to dislike all of their neighbors, would do well to keep that advice in mind.

"Ultimately, part of being a good neighbor is openly communicating with others who live nearby," Channel added. "You should always remember that the nuclear option—i.e., moving away—is often not your only choice when a neighbor does something you don't like."

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But it's not all doom and gloom on America's streets. On the flip side, 74% of Americans reported being friends with at least one of their neighbors. Specifically, 81% of homeowners are friends with at least one of their neighbors, versus just 68% of renters.

Let's promise to make Mr. Rogers proud from here on out, OK?