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Your Birth Order May Determine Where You Live

Posted by Scott Layson on May 17, 2019
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Have you ever considered that your birth order has played a direct role in where you chose to live?

A recent article on says this is very likely.

Dr. Kevin Lenman, who wrote “The Birth Order Book” is the person behind this premise and he outlines commonalities seen when siblings choose a place to live.

The Oldest

The article suggests that firstborns are usually more anxious and more meticulous about things which is a result of being the first child to new parents. They also tend to be more responsible and feel the need to take care of others.

What they are more likely to search for in a home:

  • More secluded
  • Closer to home
  • Neatness & Landscaping

The Middle

They roll with the punches because they never had mom and dad to themselves,” says Leman. “They endured hand-me-downs so while the firstborn are attracted to neatness and landscaping, which has to be perfect,”  this is usually not the case for the middle child. They also usually enjoy socializing more than the oldest.

What they are more likely to search for in a home:

  • More willing to share housing with others
  • Less picky about home features
  • Densely populated
  • Warmer cities where socializing is easier

The Youngest

The youngest of the family is usually described as social and outgoing because they are used to being around all their family members. Leman stated that “The baby of the family who feeds off other people would prefer condos that are stacked on each other, apartments or a place with a community pool where they can meet others.” They also tend to want to be different because they are constantly being compared to their older siblings.

What they are more likely to search for in a home:

  • More willing to choose a destination further from home
  • Condos, Townhouses or Apartments 
  • Lively & walkable areas

The Only Child

“Those who are “onlys” have a tendency to share the personality characteristics with the first born,” said Leman. “They are not saying ‘I’m an only child so I’m going to live here,’ but as they go through life, a single home that’s sort of isolated on a hill is going to sound real good to an only child because they like solitude and quiet for the most part,” says Leman.



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