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Center City Gets EVEN Younger

A few weeks ago I blogged about the increased 20-30 year old demographic.  Well it looks like people in that demographic are starting to have kids of their own.

This philly.com article titled, Center City Philly: Call it kid row, cites recent Philadelphia demographics that show a boom in young children.  More than 17,100 children were born to Center City parents between 2000 and 2008.  (In 1990 the Health Department counted 272 in the same area)  The 2010 census shows an increase of 3.5% in the under 5 category.

The opening of more child centric businesses and youth-oriented spots like Franklin Square Park is one example of Center City becoming a kid friendly place to live.  Even a former strip club building at 13th and locust is becoming a “children’s enrichment center” that is set to open next month.

There are several reasons why families have been moving into Center City Philadelphia:

  • Crime is down
  • Center City public schools are seen as improving
  • Wealth of charter schools offer families more schooling options besides private
  • Retail, services, and restaurants are responding to the changing demographics
  • Check out our article 20 things to know before moving to Philadelphia

“It’s about being closer to your neighbors and knowing your neighbors as opposed to going up your driveway and into your house,” said Amy Rivera, a mother of three who lives in Queen Village.

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