Once Kids Start School, Where In DC Do Familes Move? Chevy Chase

by Shilpi Paul

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While many neighborhoods in DC are full of pregnant women and dads with babies strapped to their chests, those same areas often lack school-aged children. Alternately, some of the more suburban-feeling neighborhoods are full of kids and teenagers, but many not be overrun with babies.

In light of the starting school year, Trulia Trends analyzed the numbers in a few major cities to see which neighborhoods are in the “stroller” category, and which are in the “backpack” category. The real estate website looked at Census data to make the call: after dividing children into the 0-4 and 5-9 age ranges, they took a look at the relative populations of each. Neighborhoods with significantly more 0-4 age children than 5-9 age children were put in the “stroller” category, while those with the opposite proportion were dubbed “backpack” neighborhoods.

So, where in DC do strollers outweigh backpacks, and vice versa?

According to Trulia, Foggy Bottom, Logan Circle and Columbia Heights/Adams Morgan top the list of stroller-heavy neighborhoods, where families are happy to raise babies and toddlers, but tend to take off when their kids are ready to go to school. (Trulia looked at zip codes rather than neighborhood boundaries, so the neighborhoods correlate to 20037, 20005 and 20009, respectively.)

DC’s stroller neighborhoods share a few qualities with others across the country: they are urban, high-density and pricey.

Backpack neighborhoods, on the other hand, tend to be lower-density, with single-family homes and yards. They also tend to have better-quality schools, Trulia found. In DC, only one zip code had significantly more “backpack” kids than “stroller” babies: 20015, the zip that encompasses Chevy Chase.

For the full post and more analysis, check out Trulia.

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This article originally published at http://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/once_kids_start_school_where_in_dc_do_families_move_chevy_chase/7492

5 Comments

  1. Tom A. said at 8:54 pm on Thursday August 22, 2013:

    Using zip codes is so limiting.  Look at 20002 for example.  Two million dollar homes on the hill, and 200,000 homes a mile away in Ivy City.  Hmm, that would be a fun project - a monthly article about the largest difference in home price within a one mile radius.

  1. Daniel said at 11:23 am on Friday August 23, 2013:

    Shouldn’t the story say “where do white families move”?

  1. Tod said at 2:47 pm on Friday August 23, 2013:

    Daniel - true, true

  1. James said at 6:46 pm on Friday August 23, 2013:

    Wouldn’t want little Madison or Ethan to learn alongside those awful minorities, would we?

  1. Jacques said at 10:23 am on Monday August 26, 2013:

    It’s also a fairly incomplete picture unless you know that families are moving from one to the other.

    5 years ago, there were not many families pushing strollers down 14th Street, or Rhode Island Ave in Bloomingdale.  It’s probably fairly likely that the “stroller” neighborhoods happen to be the ones that are experiencing some of the fastest population growth (and fastest growth in housing options larger than 1-bedroom apts). 

    Now will the patterns of “move out with the kids” continue? In many cases, yes. But 10 years ago, young professionals moved to DC in their 20s and moved out well before having kids, so the story is shifting (if slowly and in patches).

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