August 4, 2013 Manhattan more kid-friendly than outer boroughs, Census data shows
After reading another rant about how cities can’t be child-friendly without turning into suburbs (or something like that) I did some actual digging to see whether child populations were growing or declining in various places. I started with the five boroughs of NYC, and the number of 0-5 yr old children.
Manhattan 76,048 76,549 (+1%)
Brooklyn 182,599 177,198 (-3%)
Queens 142,716 132,164 (-7%)
Bronx 109,732 103,144 (-6%)
Staten Island 29,763 28,339 (-5%)
Notice something? The outer boroughs, EVEN suburb-like Staten Island, lost toddlers. And after I did a little in-my-head calculation, I noticed Staten Island lost toddlers faster than Brooklyn (though not faster than the other two boroughs). The only borough that gained infants and toddlers was superdense, superexpensive Manhattan.
Caveat: Manhattan still lost 5-15 yr olds, which I would guess reflects residential choices of older generations of parents.