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Own A Home? Renters Get More Sleep Than You

Apparently, renters are a well-rested bunch. According to a new analysis from Apartment List, renters sleep a generous 8.4 hours every night—a whopping 85 more hours a year than homeowners get. But that’s not the only perk of non-ownership, according to the study. Renters also spend more time on socialization, entertainment and leisure activities and—even better—they clean less and spend fewer minutes on chores, too. In total, renters spend an average of 3.5 hours a day on socializing and leisure, with TV taking up more than half of that. Though it’s easy to dismiss the stats as a difference in lifestyles or family sizes (homeowners are typically more likely to have children than renters), the analysis considered that, too. Overall, the most noticeable disparity appeared in the housework area. That’d be lawn care (48.6 more hours per year than renters), maintenance and repairs (30.4 more hours), cleaning (18.25 more hours) and food prep (18.25 more hours). It’s not all bad to be a homeowner, though. According to the analysis, commute times are shorter for owners than renters, and homeowners also work less—about 24 fewer hours at the office across the year.