In reality, there aren't, or at least not very many. According to The Huffington Post, "San Francisco has the lowest percentage of children of any major city in the country. Only 13.4 percent of the city's approximately 800,000 residents are under the age of 18." And The Seattle Times reports that according to the U.S. Census Bureau, San Francisco has the lowest percentage of households with children among major U.S. cities, with just 18%. For some reference, 37.6% of California households have at least one child (Wall Street Journal), while 45% of all U.S. households do (Census Bureau).
So, my fellow San Franciscans, Seattlites, Bostonians, and Manhattanites, how do you feel about living in such child-free cities? Does it suit you? Does it mean that cafes and restaurants are more low-key, more adult-oriented? I have to tell you, on that MLK Day I mentioned, the normally serene SFMOMA felt more like a playground than an art museum, with many of the kids running around and yelling. Or do you wish there were more kids and kid-friendly options for your own children? If you live in one of the areas with an incredibly high proportion of kids, how does that affect you on a daily basis?
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