What were some of the sociological effects of suburban living after WWII?

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The major sociological effect was the release of pent up demand caused by the war and a tremendous increase in U.S. population as well as home ownership.

The United States experienced a tremendous burst in population as a result of the post-war "Baby Boom." Also, because automobiles, appliances, etc. had not been manufactured during the war, the demand for these products was insatiable. In addition to high sales of automobiles, generous government assistance (such as 100% guaranteed loans for veterans) caused home purchases to blossom. The automobile and the advent of air conditioning caused the population of suburban American to grow six times faster than city populations. Automobiles made it easier for people to live away from their jobs and commute daily. However, less than noble purposes also contributed to the growth of suburbia. Many white families moved away from cities and communities with large black populations, a practice commonly known as "white flight."

 

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