Philadelphia, PA

The nation's largest study exploring what makes homeowners happy where it matters most — in their homes.

Philadelphia, PA

How Happy Are Philadelphia's Homeowners?

They don’t call Philadelphia the City of Brotherly Love for nothing. Not only is the city teeming with the rich history of our nation’s founding fathers, but it’s also blessed with the kinds of schools and municipal services that make its homeowners happy. Unfortunately, the city’s older homes offer little in the way of closets, garages and master bedrooms — which puts Philadelphia slightly below average when it comes to homeowner happiness. The good news is that nearly three-quarters of Philly homeowners say their home is worth more than they paid for it. So, many homeowners are building equity that will help them finance the kitchen, bathroom and walkway improvements that will make them happier.

Philadelphia's homeowners told us about the completed home projects that have brought them the most joy - and about the projects they desire that will make them even happier. When projects overlap, it means they make homeowners happy whether they're enjoying them now or aspiring to enjoy them later.

Top Completed ProjectsAlready Making Homeowners Happy

  • Painted interior room/area
  • Remodeled the kitchen
  • Remodeled a bathroom
  • Replaced/refinished flooring
  • Built a patio/deck/porch/sun room

Top Projects That WouldMake Homeowners Happier

  • Remodel the kitchen
  • Remodel a bathroom
  • Install or replace driveway or walkway
  • Replace/refinish flooring
  • Build a patio/deck/porch/sun room

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Happiest Home Features

Philadelphia's homeowners told us about the home features that have brought them the most joy - and about the features they desire that will make them even happier. When projects overlap, it means they make homeowners happy whether they're enjoying them now or aspiring to enjoy them later.

Top Completed ProjectsAlready Making Homeowners Happy

  • Central air conditioning
  • Up-to-date kitchen
  • Lots of natural light
  • Hardwood flooring
  • Up-to-date bathrooms

Top Projects That WouldMake Homeowners Happier

  • Up-to-date bathrooms
  • Up-to-date kitchen
  • New windows
  • Improved insulation
  • Marble or quartz countertops

Top Completed ProjectsAlready Making Homeowners Happy

  • Patio or deck
  • Trees
  • Attached garage
  • Front porch
  • Space for animals

Top Projects That WouldMake Homeowners Happier

  • Professional landscaping
  • New roof
  • Outdoor lighting
  • Freshly painted exterior
  • Solar energy roofing features

It's not just projects and features that make Philadelphia's homeowners happy, but also factors such as equity, community and accessibility.

What Makes
Homeowners Happy?

  • Easy access to highways
  • Highly-rated school district
  • Lots of green space
  • Good municipal services
  • Reasonable cost of living

Overall Home
Happiness

83%

of homeowners consider themselves at least somewhat happy with their homes.

Impact of Home
Equity on Happiness

To Be Happier In My Home
I'd Like To...

59%

of homeowners say they would be happier if they could remodel or add on to their homes.

The results of our Homeowner Happiness Survey suggest that these characteristics describe the average Philadelphia home:

  • Homeowners have:3.3 bedrooms

  • Homeowners have:2.1 bathrooms

  • Average time living in home:14 years

  • Average square footage:2,100

  • Age of home:48 years

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