Amonda Stokes

Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. Thomas Van Valey

Second Advisor

Dr. Sue Crull

Third Advisor

Dr. Douglas Davidson

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


The primary focus of this study was to compare African Americans' and European Americans' satisfaction with housing in the suburbs. Previous literature suggests that African Americans are living in older suburbs, close to the central city, and in lower quality housing than European Americans.

The population of this study consisted of black and white households living in the suburbs. This was a national sample taken from the American Housing Survey (1991). Cross-tabulations were conducted to determine differences by race of affordability, age of housing unit, ownership, neighborhood satisfaction, and housing satisfaction. Multiple regression analysis was used to determine which variables were significant predictors of housing satisfaction.

Blacks did indeed pay a higher percentage of their income on housing cost, in addition, blacks were also less likely to own their home then whites. Nevertheless, even though race and affordability were insignificant, age of housing unit, tenure, and neighborhood satisfaction showed a significant relationship to housing satisfaction.