The FINANCIAL -- Homeowners named Stuart and Alison are among the top names of homeowners with the most valuable homes in the country, worth a median of more than $330,000 -- 66 percent more than the median home value in the U.S. The most common first name of a U.S. homeowner is John, according to a new Zillow analysisi.
Zillow analyzed the first names of homeowners on 70 million property records and found that Peter, Alexandra and Geoffrey are also among the top 10 names of homeowners with the most valuable homes in the country. All names on the list own homes that are more than 1,550 square feet, with a median value that is more than the U.S. median.
In Washington, D.C., homeowners named Jane own the most valuable homes, worth almost $900,000 -- about 134 percent more than the median home value in the area. Homeowners named Anne own the most valuable homes in California, worth about 30 percent more than the median home value in the state.
Zillow's analysis of homeowner names reveals demographic trends across the country as U.S. homeowners grow increasingly diverse. Historically, men were more likely than women to own homes, but that trend is starting to shift. According to the Zillow Group Consumer Housing Trends Reportii, 49 percent of homeowners are female and 51 percent are male.
In 30 of the 46 states Zillow analyzed, homeowners with the most valuable homes have traditionally female names, with Anne the name that reoccurs the most.
About 64 percent of all Americans are homeownersiii. The homeownership rate is the highest in the Midwest. John is the most common U.S. homeowner name, followed by Robert and James. Other common U.S. homeowners' names include Mary, Richard and Thomas.
In California, Salvador is a more populariv homeowner name than it is nationally, but in the small state of Rhode Island, Claire is more popular. In the Pacific Northwest, the name Heidi is a more popular homeowner name than it is nationally, whereas Willie is much more likely to be the name of a homeowner in the Southeastern states of Alabama, Louisiana and Georgia.
"This analysis reveals a lot of interesting – and fun – differences between homeowner names and the relative popularity of less common or non-traditional homeowner names from region to region," said Zillow Chief Economist Dr. Svenja Gudell. "U.S. homeowners are an incredibly diverse bunch, with a variety of names reflective of many cultural and familial backgrounds."