Skip to comments.Families' exodus leaves S.F. with lowest pct. of children in U.S.
Posted on 03/09/2012 7:37:04 AM PST by SmithL
Last year, a family of three earning $111,000 a year could afford just 23 percent of homes for sale in San Francisco - mostly in southern neighborhoods, including Bayview-Hunters Point.
The median price of a house in the city in 2010 was $668,000. Just 2 percent of new housing units built in the city since 2001 are single-family, detached homes.
These were just a few of the scores of statistics presented at a special Board of Supervisors hearing Thursday to help explain why San Francisco is bleeding families with children - losing 5,278 people younger than 18 between 2000 and 2010, according to census figures.
There are actually about 3,000 more children younger than 5 in the city than there were in 2000, but about 8,000 fewer school-age youths.
The flight of families with children - particularly middle-income and African American families - is leaving San Francisco older, whiter and richer. That has concerned city officials and family advocates who say families with children are essential to a diverse, thriving city.
"This has been a personal issue for me for quite some time," said Supervisor Mark Farrell, who called the hearing and said his two young children are losing lots of their friends to the suburbs - and that his own adult friends are increasingly moving.
"Keeping families in San Francisco is important for a diverse city," he said. "Having children in our parks and our schools and strollers on our sidewalks is important to the vibrancy of our neighborhoods."
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being "older,whiter, and richer" is not a good thing apparently.....and here I've hit the first two....
In a city whose residents dress their toddlers in bondage gear for "pride" parades, I highly doubt that'd go anywhere. Best for families with a sense of traditionalism to bolt out of there.
After decades of anti-family policies, SF wants families to stay???
This is almost as preposterous as Sleep Train, after jumping ship and spending three days castigating Rush Limbaugh, asking to return to his show as a sponsor.
They only want the children because they are pedophiles.
Thanksgiving turkey has never quite been the same since I learned the “other use” for a turkey baster.
“No, honey, don’t look back.”
Not whiter - more Asian.
White kids proportions also continue to fall.
Asians continue to rise.
Been happening since 1968.
The real exodus was 1968-78. School attendance almost halved. The biggest factor was integration/busing, that was the last straw for many.
Since then its been a slow steady decline.
There are periodic laments like this published every once in a while. I have been seeing them since the early 1980’s. They mean nothing.
Homo population hasn’t really increased since the 1970’s as far as I can see.
The really important demographic change is that the city is much more Asian.
I’d take my kids out of there too. Who wouldn’t? The schools are liberal re-education camps, but then so are most of the burbs too.
Does any sentient human have any QUESTION about why this is happening?
I actually LIKE SFO, but I won't take my kids there.
I like to go to little italy. I started noticing 20 years ago, Mexicans in the kitchen, Italians waiting tables.
I think Chinatown has slowly expanded with increasing number of immigrants starting with the turnover of Hong Kong and continuing today. Little Italy will soon be a thing of the past with a few surviving restaurants and only memories of the old fishermen.
Going to SF in two weeks. Anything new and worthwhile to see?
Same here. My wife and I came to the same conclusion at the same time-no more visits to Sodom.
Its easy to avoid street fairs and the like. Most (90+%) of the city is in fact very “normal” neighborhoods of row houses. The publicity is obsessed with a handful of freaks the authorities can’t seem to control.
The real factors that drives people away/keeps people away -
- Very high cost of houses/condos. This is mainly the result of impossible development restrictions. Very, very hard to build multi-unit housing.
- School integration problems. Many, many people leave when they can’t get their kids into the “good” public schools, due to school assignment idiocies.
Why live in SF when an illegal alien can be released from jail for the fourth time and murder most of your family? Sanctuary indeed.
My personal favorite reason would be people taking their young kids to the Nude Bike Parade, HELLO what’s are these parents thinking?
New and worthwhile ? Not really.
Everything worthwhile here is old.
Downtown is getting pretty sad. A lot of empty storefronts.
2 days in two weeks. I guess I can suffer through with some great food.
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