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Soc. Sci. 2016, 5(4), 74; doi:10.3390/socsci5040074

Household Structure and Suburbia Residence in U.S. Metropolitan Areas: Evidence from the American Housing Survey

Department of Sociology, University at Albany, State University of New York, 351 Arts & Sciences Building, 1400 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12222, USA
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Received: 3 July 2016 / Revised: 23 October 2016 / Accepted: 11 November 2016 / Published: 17 November 2016
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Suburbs have demographically diversified in terms of race, yet little research has been done on household structures in suburbs. Using the 2011 American Housing Survey and 2009–2013 American Community Survey, this study investigates the distributions of household structures in suburbia and central cities, and the relationship between household structures and residential attainment. The findings of this research include: (1) The distribution of household structures differs between suburbia and central cities. Married-couple households are the most common household type in both central cities and suburbs, but they are more likely to reside in suburbia than in central cities; (2) Household structure is a determinant of residential attainment and the relationship varies by race/ethnicity groups. Among Hispanics and Asians, multigenerational household structure is indicative of central city residence, but this association does not hold for whites and blacks. For multigenerational households, the odds of living in suburbia decreases by almost 40 percent among Hispanics and by almost 50 percent for Asians. View Full-Text
Keywords: residential attainment; household structure; suburban residence; hierarchical modeling residential attainment; household structure; suburban residence; hierarchical modeling
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Jung, G.; Yang, T.-C. Household Structure and Suburbia Residence in U.S. Metropolitan Areas: Evidence from the American Housing Survey. Soc. Sci. 2016, 5, 74.

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