The bigger the home, the less likely empty-nesters will stick around after their last child leaves the RCSD. This turnover effect is likely a significant long-term driver of RCSD enrollment because large homes are more likely to be consistently occupied by heavy-users of the RCSD.
Surveys show empty-nesters and seniors prefer not to live in homes with lots of stairs and bedrooms; they also don’t like paying for extra utilities and upkeep. Instead, these non-users of the school system prefer homes that eliminate steps and provide a master bedroom on the first level. (source:National Association of Home Builders nahb.org).