Despite Efforts, Families Still Leaving San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Despite efforts by officials to keep families in San Francisco, the percentage of children that make up the city’s population continues to decline.

U.S. Census Bureau figures show that just over 13 percent of the city’s residents are younger than 18.

That’s not only a drop from 1970 when 22 percent of San Francisco’s population was younger than 18, but it’s also one of the smallest percentages of children in the country.

An official who tracks population trends for the Public Policy Institute of California told the San Francisco Chronicle that a declining number of children in the city indicates that middle-class families are being squeezed out of the city.

Hans Johnson points to San Francisco’s high density housing as one reason why families are finding other places to live.

He said cities with more children usually have suburban-style communities outside the downtown area.

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  • genomega

    That’s because other states are buying one way tickets to SF for it’s homeless, illegals and criminals.

    • unknown

      You are correct

  • Will De Ridder

    I guess what the writer meant to say was that San Francisco only cares about the middle class families leaving the city; doesn’t really give an interest to all the low income families that have had to flee the high prices and politics. The City sees to think that it’s to good for everyone; people who visit, tourists, workers, and home grown families. Little surprises me about San Francisco, it’s been steadily going down hill since the quake of 89; especially with the aftermath and the rebuilding. The politicians abandoned whole sections of the city, families, and businesses that had been around for over 50 years. Shame on you San Francisco.

    • donovan

      Your comment is everywhere. I don’t think you really know what you’re saying.

      • genomega

        The numbers support his statement.

  • Bloodhounds

    I was born here and don’t want to die here! I’m gone Thursday for good! Too many reasons to list! I don’t know why I ever came back 27 years ago? I agree with Will it has been going down hill since after the quake. I use to be proud to be a native San Franciscan. Glad I was here when you could go out and not worry about getting robbed or shot. Those days are over!

    • unknown

      I am so happy for you you are leaving a dump good luck to you

  • unknown

    Hear is a common sense fact SanFrancisco is the worst place to live on ocean ave some idiot thinks a great idea build a retail mall with housing then treasure island park merced build more houses yepi,by the way they will stay empty,then ed lee no brain tells us everybody will give up their cars,now do not forget the last time I drove past treasure island i only saw one road from SanFrancisco to get there plus east bay commuters doyou not think open space would be better all around

  • Maria

    What effort has the city made? Banning Happy Meals? Endless taxpayer subsidized SRO’s housing parolled sex offenders, drug addicts and thieves?
    Crazed politically correct traffic management that makes roads dangerous and parking outrageously expensive? Poor policing and even poorer prosecutions? The city has done only one thing well: figure out how to take $7 billion dollars and have the audacity to want more money to fix potholes. Its not just families that are fleeing the city. Its middel class working people, single, married, with kids, without them… because the city is impossible to live in unless your a rich kid, a welfare queen, homeless or a Getty.


    The rents are too high– thanks to speculators who do nothing to earn value they reap on the backs of others

  • proud_bay_man

    I say buy bye. They have no idea how to live in a city where tolerance used to be king. They move into neighborhoods and file complaints and complain about everything that has been “normal” in those neighborhoods because they are white, affluent, and uptight. Again I say GODD RIDDANCE TO BAD RUBBISH! Go back to Kansas or Texas or Missouri, or whatever safe town you feel you came from. We DON”T WANT YOU HERE.

  • proud_bay_man

    Maybe people with more color, art, understanding of difference, underdogs, and the fabulous freaks will start coming back! They are welcome here far more than these judgmental sterile families will EVER be.

  • bob

    Similar problems throughout the state, cost of living is high, coupled with a high unemployment number, support infrastructure is falling apart, and the list goes on………not to say that other states don’t have their share of issues as well but to a large degree, the grass does look better on the other side of the fence and the farm animals that moved are claiming that the quality of life did improve once they left here.

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