To identify economic hot spots in the making, we often look for where immigrants, young people or entrepreneurs are clustering. But perhaps nothing is a better indicator than those who truly make up generation next: America’s children.
Several major factors determine where the most children are being born, and more importantly, raised, demographer Wendell Cox says. Three key ones are economic growth, affordability and lower population densities.
Using the Census Bureau’s 2012 American Community Survey, Cox looked at the under 14 populations of the nation’s 51 metropolitan statistical areas with more than a million residents, and also traced the changing numbers in this age group since the onset of the Great Recession in 2007. Finally, he broke down each of these metro areas between their core cities and suburbs to determine where within the region children are the most predominant.
Here are the 10 cities with the largest youth populations.
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