Australians aren’t the only ones who have a love affair with the suburbs. Americans living in the suburbs are happier than those living in the inner city, according to new research by American website, CityLab.

CityLab’s new State of the Cities Poll reveals, in the United States at least, the suburbs are still king.

The US-based poll focused on topics related to quality of life, government policies and levels of satisfaction. Overall, those living in the suburbs rated greater satisfaction than their urban-dwelling counterparts. CityLab will continue their series of polls delving deeper into the psyche of urban versus suburban living in coming weeks.

The results in Australia are less conclusive. Poverty is higher in the outer suburbs than the inner city, according to research by the University of NSW reported in the Sydney Morning Herald. However, they did not measure happiness, unlike the US study.

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