The "Growing Divide" Between Cities With Kids and Cities Without Them

William Frey with the Brookings Institution explains that 1/3rd of the largest cities in the U.S. have seen significant losses of kids under 15, while babies are booming in the Southwest, Utah and Idaho.

Provo, Utah and Raleigh, North Carolina have seen an enormous growth in the number of children, up almost 50% since 2000:

Jeffery Spivak reports: "These gains resulted primarily from increases in births and migration, and they reflect an emerging attractiveness of western and south-central states outside the traditional Sunbelt."

A full graph and more detail over at Urban Land Magazine.

Full Story: Top 10 Metro Areas Gaining Kids

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Michael Lewyn's picture
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Headlines vs. story

This is another one where the headlines don't match the story. The story is about metro areas, not cities. So if a city is gentrifying and adding children while the suburbs are graying, it will be in the "low-child metro area" category even if the city is in fact adding children.

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