Social Consequences Of Suburban Living

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Suburban living came about due to several factors. One was the economy shift; the depression was over and the country was seeing a time of prosperity. World War II was complete, the Allied powers had won and the service members were returning home. New families were looking for houses not apartments in the inner city. These families where settling in the new suburbs, moving into quickly manufactured communities. The new suburbs were segregated by social class, religion and values. The families that moved into this communities usually meet the requirements of them. It was a transfer of the inner city social community into the suburbs were there was more space. As families moved out to the suburbs they left behind generations of relatives, the parents and grandparents. …show more content…
There were fewer jobs available than was initially thought. With unemployment in some larger cities reaching over forty percent and the influx of African Americans and Latinos the local school systems began to deteriorate which added to the issue, these rural families adapting to inner city life. Even if these families had the funds to purchase houses in the suburbs they would not find anyone that was willing to sale to them. The criteria to move into the suburbia was you had to be a white middle class family who could assimilate to the social norms of the community you were moving into. Another consequence of the move to suburbs was the work load that it put on the women raising these families. These new homes required more work to keep them looking perfect, a new social norm had been implemented. The wife had to meet these requirements of doing everything, having a clean house, getting the kids to where they needed to be on time, doing the shopping and having dinner ready for the husband when he arrived home from work. There was no help from other family members they were left behind in the city. A small majority did this plus worked outside the house to earn