August 4, 2013 cities add toddlers
After researching the growth of Manhattan’s population of small children, I did the same research for our country’s other most urban, transit-oriented cities. So here it is.
0-5 yr old population trends, 2000-10
San Francisco 31,633 35,203
DC 32,536 32,613
Philadelphia 98,161 101,053
Boston 32,046 32,420
Chicago 218,527 185,887
Chicago seems to be having quite a bit of difficulty retaining children, while the other cities, like Manhattan, are adding children (though again, still losing older children by and large). Ironically, Chicago is also the most suburbanized: it extends dozens of square miles into areas which, like the eastern edges of Queens and Brooklyn, are not all that urban. I wonder if there’s anyone has data on child population in urban vs. suburban Chicago?