Is D.C. A Mecca For Child-Free Living Or Are Kids Just Too Expensive?

The District was recently christened No. 3 in a list of the 14 best U.S. cities for child-free living by the real estate blog Estately. But do the facts on the ground really make support the notion that D.C. is a hub for couples without kids?

There does appear to be some truth to the claim. Just 17.3 percent of District 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 isn’t just based on the raw number of children, however. It also includes nightlife, restaurants, travel options, and other adult-oriented activities that would attract the childless to the area. 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.

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