San Francisco is Asking: Where Have All the Children Gone?
San Francisco today has the lowest percentage (13%) of children of any of the largest 100 cities in America. (New York City is 21% and Chicago is 23%.) There is concern of people in the city as to whether the city’s new wealthy residents (many of them employees of Google, Twitter and other tech companies) can retain the allure of the city. The city, with a total population of 865,000, is believed to have about the same number of dogs as children (120,000). In many areas of the city pet-grooming shops seem more common than schools. The reasons cited: prohibitive housing costs, a school system of uneven quality, the attractiveness of suburban communities and the large number of mostly childless gay men and women. The schools system is down to 53,000 students – from 90,000 in 1970. 30% of children attend private schools – the highest percentage of America’s large cities. New housing constructon – with many studios and one-bedroom apartments, is not helping attract families with children. Statistics indicate that for every 100 new apartments the school district is expected to enroll only one new student. The city is upgrading its parks and increasing summer offerings for school age children to make the city an interesting place for children. – The New York Times.
Report for the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University
Over the next 20 years the population aged 65 and over is expected to grow from 48 million to 79 million, by 2035 one in five people in the U.S. will be aged 65 or over, up from one in seven today; the 80 and over population will double between 2015 and 2035 from 12 million to 24 million, with 70% of that growth occurring from 2025 to 2035.
The number of households headed by someone aged 65 or over will increase by 66% to almost 50 million – so that by 2035, one out of three American households will be headed by someone aged 65 or older, with the number of households of people aged 80 or over more than doubling from 7.8 million in 2015 to 16.2 million in 2035 when they will represent 11 percent of all U.S. households. 9.3 million of those 80 or over households will consist of only one person.