Family living nearby has its perks, but when is nearby too close?

Having your family live nearby has its perks, but when does “nearby” turn into too close for comfort? According to a new survey, people have very specific ideas about exactly how much distance they prefer between where they live and where their parents or in-laws reside.

The survey of over 2,000 adults from Ally Home, a digital financial services company, finds more than half (57%) of respondents say there should be at least some driving distance between where their family or partner’s family lives and where they live. And a majority agree there should be a 15 to 45-minute buffer zone between themselves and parents or in-laws.

But it’s not just the distance that matters. Over a third of respondents (37%) say family shouldn’t live close enough to “just pop in and say hello,” with even more millennials (42%) stressing they don’t like that. The survey also asked what stresses them out the most when dealing with family and coming in at number one with 52% is a road trip with parents or in-laws and no access to a radio. Following in second place is dealing with a father/father-in-law who has opposite political views (40%), and number three is living within five minutes of parents or in-laws (38%).

Source:Apartment Therapy

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