Typically found in communities located a short drive from malls and giant warehouse clubs, the four segments in Flourishing Families contain prosperous parents and children of all ages living life in suburban comfort. Most of the adults are married, in their 30s and 40s, college-educated and predominantly white with a large presence of Asians. Nearly two-thirds of households consist of married couples with children, whose ages range from pre-school to post-graduate. With high incomes and diversified assets, many parents have attained a level of financial stability that allows them to kick back and enjoy their quiet residential neighborhoods. Nearly one in five households contain a young adult, while some are still coping with the challenges, and high costs, of childrearing. Scattered across the country in the bedroom suburbs of large cities from New York, N.Y. to San Francisco, Calif., Flourishing Families tend to live in spacious homes where they've built up significant equity. Many of the homes, which were built between 1970 and 2000, are starting to show some age. They're still valued on average at more than $300,000 thanks to their well-groomed yards, coveted locations and spacious interiors that can accommodate the young adults still living at home
4.42 percent of U.S. households
The well-educated members of Flourishing Families take their digital media seriously. The Internet is the first place they go to get the latest news, do their banking, research products and shop for a wide range of goods. They also like to go online for family entertainment, whether it's making digital photo albums, downloading music or watching TV programs. While they try to steer their children to educational Websites, their kids also spend hours looking at sites selling games, toys and music. They frequent media sites that reflect their interest in news and commentary: abcnews.com, msnbc.com and foxnews.com. It's difficult to find a computer accessory that they don't buy at high rates: DVD burners, video controllers, microphones and webcams all come standard with these families.