Quick! Guess where neighbors are likelier to have boundary disputes, typically involving the location of a fence?
In the high-density city, where homes are close(r) to together, or in the relatively wide-open ‘burbs?
Wrong: it’s the ‘burbs.
At least, that’s according to two different fence contractors I worked with recently, both of whom said that — while disputes are uncommon — they’re more likely to occur where space is relatively abundant, not scarce.
What could account for that?
My hunch: self-selection.
People who are more comfortable in the denser city have a more relaxed attitude about such things.
Meanwhile, people who gravitate to the ‘burbs value their space — and define it more exactingly.
Theory #2: it’s easier to get the boundaries wrong on an irregular-shaped .45 acre than on a 40′ x 120’ city lot (less than one-quarter the size).