“…[B]ecause of the diversity of life course situations, neighborhoods are unlikely to have the same effects on all dual-earner couples. Some couples have young children, others are deeply involved with careers, and still others may be approaching retirement with adult children outside the home. We employ the concept of life stage-neighborhood fit…and hypothesize that perceptions of family-friendliness will depend on the match between a couple’s life state and the demographic structure of their neighborhood.”

Swisher, R., Sweet, S. & Moen, P. (2004). The family-friendly community and its life course fit for dual-earner couples. Journal of Marriage and Family, 66(2), 281-292.