Since the early 20th century, the typical suburban life style had become the “American dream”. An affordable, new way of living outside of the city, swept the nation. The migration of the 1950’s became the trend, at the beginning of the century, as families moved to the suburban areas from the big cities. “Little boxes” began to take over the rural areas that became the suburban towns. These little boxes, all identical in shape and size, began to illustrate the suburban picture. This new suburban dream became the way of living and more importantly, the way every American wanted to live.
The American dream became a reality when the move from the city to the suburbs began predominately in the 1950’s. The stereotypical home, with the matching car and perfect family became the new American life.
As history unfolds in the years to pass, the craze of the suburban life style changes. The major shift from suburban life to city life took a turn in the late 20th century. The city life became the popular life style and way of living for many Americans. In the year 1986, the population in in cities skyrocketed from a mere 600 million in 1950 to 2 billion in 1986. Now statistics show a change. In the year 2000, 25-34 year olds were living in cities, in the year 2010, 35 – 44 year olds were surprisingly moved back into the suburbs. According to the past decades Census data, the suburban population grew 12 percent while dropping 22.7 percent in the core cities.
The “hip and cool” core cities like San Francisco, New York and Boston have also suffered double-digit percent losses among this generation. New York City, for example, saw its 25 to 34 population of 2000 drop by over 15 percent — a net loss of over 200,000 people — a decade later. – Return to the Suburbs is the new move to the city- MSNBC
Why are americans suddenly moving back toward the suburban life style?
According to a survey by Frank Madid and Associates, Generation Y (born 1970’s to present) consider the suburbs as their “ideal place” to settle.
When asking our class ” would you like to live in the suburbs or the city, why did many of us chose the suburbs ?