While the share of households with youth under the age of 18 has declined across major cities in the U.S., a new analysis unveiled that this decline is happening mostly in only seven cities.
A combination of higher living expenses, the performance of suburban public schools versus city schools, and where immigrants choose to live has led fewer families with children to live in large and costly cities.
According to the new analysis, less than 30 percent of households across the U.S. have children under the age of 18, and the number of cities have become “virtually childless” are few, but include San Francisco, Washington D.C. and Seattle, followed by New Orleans, Miami and Minneapolis.
The study by researchers at the University of Toronto’s School of Cities was spurred by a wave of previous research that has flagged cities in the U.S. as becoming “childless.” Researchers in this study however conclude that there are very few major cities that have low numbers of children, and it’s due mainly to the high cost of living.
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