The U.S. is home to a whopping 74 million children. While it's true that the number of children has been in the decline slightly, dropping by 2% from 2016 to 2017, there are some areas that are seeing fertility growths like no other. Of course, the vast majority of the population lives in parts of California, New York, and Florida. But these places don't always tend to be where most babies and children actually are. So, where are these places? And why are these places great locations for families to have and raise kids? Well, this is exactly what we will be getting into in this article.
Additionally, we will talk about the places in the U.S. where fertility is down or practically nonexistent. Of course, it should be stated that countries with more money, such as the U.S., tend to have far fewer kids than countries that are more impoverished. But still, with a nation as large as the U.S., one would expect that there would be a lot of kids from sea to shining sea. Some of the cities on this list will definitely be ones you wouldn't have expected. Without further ado, here are 10 Cities In The US With The Most Babies (And 10 With The Least).
Let's start with the 10 US cities with the most babies...
20 Salt Lake City, Utah: Populated By Young Mormons
In the U.S., the most populous states are California, Texas, New York, and Florida. But when you adjust the population by the rate of births, the highest is in Utah. They have 17.6 births per 1,000 people. That's significantly higher than the national rate of 12.5. The main reason for this is that the majority of Utah residents are Mormon. In their religion, it's their sacred duty to populate the Earth. And the epicenter of this religion in Utah is in Salt Lake City. Because of this, the city's infrastructure is built for young families. It's more affordable than other major cities and there are tons of options for young families. So, if you want to vacation in a town with few kids, Salt Lake is not the choice for you.
19 Austin, Texas: Affordable Housing Matched With Economic Growth Is Ideal For Kids
When you match a strong economy with a strong net 'in-migration,' the number of children tends to grow. Many cities and towns in Texas are in this situation. A great example is Austin, Texas. In the city, there are 86,200 more children in 2013 than there were in 2000. That's a growth of 49.3%. The area has a variety of affordable locations to live in, matched with housing that won't break the bank to purchase. This makes it a town where young families can move to and raising their children. The infrastructure is also built for kids as there are many recreational things that they can do as well as schools and hospitals at their disposal.
18 Fort Wayne, Indiana: Infrastructure Centered Around Children
When it comes to infrastructure built for kids, one can't get much better than Fort Wayne, Indiana. A decade ago, a nonprofit organization started a quality-improvement system to rate the city's child-care businesses based on safety and health standards. This became so successful that the entire state has followed suit, and the opportunities for quality child care in the city are very high. This is very attractive to young families moving there. They also have many stroller-friendly trails to walk their kids down, local attractions set-up for kids, and affordable housing for their families. So, even though it sounds remote, don't count Fort Wayne out when you're thinking about where to raise your kids.
17 Williston, North Dakota: Oil Boom Means Baby Boom
North Dakota's oil boom has attracted tons of young workers for the past several years. And, according to the National Center for Health Statistics, women in their twenties give birth to almost 20 percent of more children than women in their 30s, 40s, and 50s, combined. So, it makes sense that North Dakota has a lot of babies. But this is particularly true of Williston in Williams County. This is because Williston is an oil hub in the state. It makes sense that all these young workers (and their families) would want to live as close to the town as possible; nobody likes a long commute. So, unlike other cities on this list, this town has a lot of babies purely because of oil jobs.
16 Phoenix, Arizona: Affordable Housing And Strong Child Care
Phoenix, Arizona, is a town built for young families. The city offers tons of great perks such as low-cost art and music classes as well as plenty of child-care businesses to accommodate the many kids among a population of 1.6 million. The housing in Phoenix is also considerably lower than other cities in Arizona, such as Scottsdale which has kids less on the brain. The city also has 100 of miles of scenic desert trails that are easy for moms to bring their strollers on. So, this may be a great place to raise a family. Just remember to make sure your kid wears a hat and sunblock as it can get warm.
15 Houston, Texas: The Kid-Friendly City
We've already included a Texas city on this list. But we have to include another because the state does have a lot of towns that are filled with babies and good for young families to bring their kids up in. Even though most claim that the big, dense, left-of-center cities don't tend to have a lot of babies in comparison to the towns that are more "traditional" and have "family values" on the mind, Houston does have a lot more kids than most big cities in the country, and it's not as conservative as other Texas hubs. In Houston, one can find tons of attractions such as museums, parks, markets, and farms that are all tailored for kids. It also has a great variety of schools for kids to attend.
14 Lincoln, Nebraska: Clean Air And Jobs Mean Tons Of Kids
Believe it or not, families don't tend to like to raise their kids in polluted air. Of course, most families don't have a choice. But those who move to Lincoln, Nebraska, certainly do. It tends to be one of the only cities in the country that doesn't exceed the ozone or particle pollution thresholds on any given day. This is because the businesses comply with the state's environmental standards, which are stricter than the federal ones. Additionally, there are tons of jobs in Lincoln which attracts young families. On top of it all, the unemployment rate is only 4.6 percent, which is less than half of the national average.
13 Boston, Massachusetts: A Place Where Childcare Is Made Easy
Boston is one heck of an expensive city to live in. So, that does tend to push some young families away. However, it's also one of the best places in the country to raise a family. Because of the universal-health-care law in the stare, there are virtually no uninsured children in the city of Boston. All of the pregnant women have financial access to prenatal care. As a result of all this, the state tends to have the lowest infant-mortality rate in the country. Additionally, Boston is home to almost 300 pediatricians and 130 pediatric specialists. This is because the Children's Hospital Boston and Boston Medical Center are two of the leading hospitals in the country.
12 Madison, Wisconsin: A City With Kids On The Mind
Saying that Madison, Wisconsin, doesn't have children on the brain would be a wildly inaccurate statement. For example, some towns don't have a place for parents to get a car seat checked, Madison has 11. In fact, there are many businesses and organizations in the city that keep child safety at the top of their priority lists. It's just too bad that child care in Wisconsin is as poor as the vast majority of the rest of the country. But still, Madison has tons of infrastructure that's built around young families. There's no shortage of family activities that can be done on the regular. This includes farmer's markets, museums, and parks. The average house in the city costs about $200,000, which is quite low. Unemployment is also not a very big issue in the city as there are tons of jobs.
11 Provo-Orem, Utah: Where The Motto Is, "Go Forth And Multiply"
Provo-Orem is in the same position as Salt Lake City, Utah, it's absolutely full of young Mormons who believe that it's their sacred duty to populate the world full of other Mormons. This, paired with their dislike of contraception, is why there are so many kids in the town, 20 births per 1000 people to be more precise. Utah also has the lowest median age in the country (29.2), which means that there's a likelihood that there would be more kids anyway. Provo-Orem is also built with families in mind. It has tons of schools, affordable housing, and opportunities for young families to go out and do things together.
And here are the 10 US cities with the fewest babies...
10 Blacksburg, Virginia: Childless In A University Town
Although you may not have heard of Blacksburg, Virginia, it's the town that's home to the incredibly iconic Virginia Tech University. This means that the town is built around the university. And university and college towns tend to have very few kids as everyone living there is either working at or going to the school. But Blacksburg has a very low fertility rate, and it's dominated by people who don't tend to have a lot of kids to begin with. This helps to contribute to only 9.7% of individuals under the age of 18. Against a population fo 42,620, this is a very low rate.
9 Miami Beach, Florida: An Adults-Only Town
Not so long ago, Miami Beach, Florida, was named Maxim Magazine's #1 U.S. Party City. This means that there are few Chuck E. Cheeses, elementary schools, and pediatricians. In short, Miami Beach isn't set up for families with babies. It's set up for the super rich to come in and spend their money. It's a place where adults go to have fun and release their frustrations and avoid dealing with their incredible emotional issues. So, it shouldn't take any of us back that the population of kids and babies in the city is only 12.8 percent. The rest is full of spring-breakers, rappers, actors, business people, and pro-athletes with dough to drop.
8 San Francisco, California: Who Can Afford Kids?
San Francisco is one of the most interesting cities in the U.S. when it comes to demographics and babies. This is because it's been one of the most transformative. Ever since the technological revolution, San Fran, as well as the surrounding Silicon Valley, has become a wasteland for babies. In fact, the massively populated city (which is still growing steadily) has only 13 percent of individuals under the age of 14. San Fran has become a one-industry town full of educated professionals, who statistically have fewer kids. But because of all the money pouring into the area, housing costs have climbed to record heights. This has forced many baby-having individuals out of the area as they just can't afford to raise a family there.
7 Santa Monica, California: Young, Fit, Rich, And Childless
Like Malibu, Santa Monica is one of those cliche Southern California towns that you see on television. It's full of young, very attractive, and extremely fit people. Although many of these individuals are working professionals, they spent most of their time catching the waves, watching live music performances, attending comedy shows, taking down vodka sodas at bars and clubs, and working out at the gym. This leaves no time for children. Not to mention, these individuals have to have a decent amount of money to be able to live in Santa Monica, making them less likely to have kids, as the affluent have fewer babies than those who don't have money.
6 Seattle, Washington: The Affluent And Educated Don't Have Kids
Seattle only has a population of babies and children hovering around 15.4 percent. The main reason for this is because the city is full of very educated and affluent men and women. Statistically, men and women who are wealthy and highly educated have fewer kids than those who don't. This is especially true of these residents. Because of these stats, the city's infrastructure isn't built for kids. In fact, Seattle high schools are converted into high-end condos to accommodate the need to house working professionals. But Seattle isn't entirely free of babies; when it comes to puppies, there's a heck of a lot of them. In fact, Seattle is the #3 Best U.S. City for Dogs.
5 Washington, D.C.: There's No Time For Children In This Professional Town
The truth is, there is just no time for babies in this town. Washington, D.C., is full of congressmen, Senators, political aides, and the like. The rest of the place is full of other educated professionals, all of whom have little time for kids. Washington D.C. is also the third most educated city in America. And when it comes to educated individuals, very few of them have more than two kids, if any at all. This is also a job focused kind of place and not a family-focused one. Additionally, it's just far too expensive to live in the city, to begin with.
4 Ithaca, New York: White University Students Don't Have Children
The city of Ithaca really consists of Cornell University and a few businesses. It's not a family-oriented place as college and university towns don't tend to be in the states. That's because university towns tend to be young and focused on school and not having babies. But Ithaca has a ridiculously low number of kids and babies. In fact, they only make up 8.2 percent of the population of Ithaca. One of the reasons for this is because Ithaca is 73.97% Caucasian. Statistically, educated folks in the U.S. have far fewer children. Match that with Ithaca being a university town and you have the perfect explanation why there are so few babies.
3 State College, Pennsylvania: A Town Burdened With Student Debt
U.S. towns that are built around colleges and universities tend to have very few kids. This is because the vast majority of the people living in the area are those attending the school. Sure, there are some in the town that works there, but most of which don't have many children as high income earning families don't tend to have a lot of kids. Those who work lower income jobs at the college tend to commute in from the suburbs. But when it comes to State College, Pennsylvania, home of the iconic Penn State University, another factor is at play. In 2014, the average amount of student loan debt of Penn State students and graduates was $36,955. This is a far higher number than the national average, which is about $28,000. With that amount of debt on your back, who could afford to have kids?
2 Punta Gorda, Florida: Old People Only
Although Florida seems like a great place to raise children, only parts of it have large populations of kids under the age of 14. This is partially because many of the towns are retirement communities that are built for and cater to old people. Punta Gorda is one such community. The average age of citizens in the city is 64 years old, making it one of the eldest communities in the country. It also has one of the smallest shares of children of any metro in the entire country. In fact, only 14.2 perfect of the population is people under the age of 19. That's particularly small, even for Florida.
1 Manhattan, New York: Pay Rent Or Have a Kid
It shouldn't take anyone back that the island of Manhattan has statistically fewer children than other areas of the country. Sure, the population as a whole is incredibly high, but it's mostly of adults. Schools and neighborhood associations aren't plentiful in the city. The city instead revolves around tourist attractions, businesses, and recreations such as restaurants, theaters, and museums. Most importantly, it's just far too expensive for young families to have kids in the city. According to the U.S. Census data, New York is among the cities with the largest numerical drop when it comes to kids under the age of 14. With the average rent in Manhattan going at $4,000 a month, of course, families can't afford to live there. Most couldn't afford that amount let alone also support a child.