20 September 2013

DINK-iest Cities in The Union

Listening to WAMU a couple weeks ago, I caught this story:

Washington, DC was recently outed as the No. 3 in a list of the 14 Best U.S. Cities for Child-Free Living in the real estate blog, Estately. Do these findings really support the notion that D.C. is a hub for couples without kids?


Where there's smoke, there's fire. Just over 17% percent of DC residents are under the age of 18, according to the most recent Census data. That's a full 6.1 percentage points below the national average.

Estately's list is based on several factors; not just on the number of children, per capita. It includes nightlife, restaurants, travel options, and other adult-oriented activities that would be attractive the childless. The blog cites a number of factors for D.C.'s prominence, including the District's high level of educational attainment and large population of career professionals. These other cities made the list of Best U.S. Cities for Child-Free Living:

  1. San Francisco, CA
  2. Seattle, WA
  3. Washington, DC
  4. New York, NY
  5. Portland, OR
  6. Santa Monica, CA
  7. Pittsburgh, PA
  8. Portland, ME
  9. Boston, MA
  10. New Orleans, LA
  11. Las Vegas, NV (surprise)
  12. Miami Beach, FL
  13. Madison, WI
  14. Ithaca, NY