Levittown's birth in the post-war boom
7 November 2011 Last updated at 21:04 GMT
Levittown, Pennsylvania is a place born out of America's post-World War II boom as a great suburban migration took off.
The developer, William Levitt, marketed a handful of home models designed to fit a variety of budgets - many of Levittown's original owners were young couples ready to start a family.
Levittown's history since its inception in 1952 is a history of the ups and downs of America's middle class.
Throughout 2012's presidential campaign season, the BBC will visit Levittown as a way to understand issues affecting middle class American's throughout the country.
Produced by the BBC's David Botti
Photos/video: Getty Images, British Pathé, Temple University Urban Archives
Additional materials courtesy: Richard Wagner and Amy Duckett Wagner