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It’s no secret that families are ditching Manhattan for Brooklyn or the Suburbs, where they can get more space for their money and maybe even a backyard, but a new report shows the shifting dynamics of those families who decide to stay in the big city.
According to amNY, the analysis conducted by AddressReport.com shows that only 6 percent of households in Hell’s Kitchen and the Financial District have a child under 18 living in them, and in neighborhoods like Midtown, Soho, the West Village, and Gramercy, most of which are often thought of as more family-friendly, only 7 percent of households have at least one youngster. To be expected, Battery Park City is ranked as the most child-friendly neighborhood, where 36 percent of households have a child. Another shoo-in is Tribeca at 26 percent. Surprisingly, East Harlem at 32 percent, Harlem at 29 percent, and the Lower East Side at 20 percent round out the top five, none considered traditionally family-oriented.
The statistics definitely point to a shift in trends. For one, the stroller-filled Upper East Side doesn’t rank close to the top, and 20 years ago you would’ve seen barely any kids in Tribeca. Even the most family-friendly neighborhoods fall behind the 31.8 percent national average of households with at least one child under 18. Sociologists believe that “a lack of good, affordable family-friendly housing is one factor behind the statistics,” as Manhattan is more of a place for people in the “family building stage.”
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