As part of an ongoing series examining which Vancouver neighbourhoods have the most children, the Vancouver Sun’s Chad Skelton looked at which neighbourhoods have the most children overall.
While the Dunbar-Southlands area topped the charts with 24% of the population aged 0-18, Kitsilano fell below the city wide average of 16.8% with only 11.8% – less than 1 in 10. Only Downtown, Fairview, and the West End have less children.
In an effort to put a finger on just why Kitsilano is child-free, Skelton looked at the most common theories for what might be behind the neighbourhood gaps – income and/or ethnicity.
Skelton reports that while readers have suggested in the past that neighbourhoods with large numbers of immigrants are more likely to have more kids, that isn’t necessarily true. An interesting theory and one that the data supports for Kitsilano. Here’s the data for neighbourhood rankings by what percentage of the population are visible minorities:
Kensington-Cedar Cottage: 69.6%
Vancouver Total: 51.0%
Riley Park: 48.2%
Mount Pleasant: 38.3%
South Cambie: 37.9%
West End: 28.4%
West Point Grey: 23.3%
First, children aside, I found this ranking fascinating as it shows that — despite Vancouver being a “majority minority” city — there are some parts of this city that are still very white. I’m looking at you, Kitsilano.
In an effort to explain the child distribution city-wide, Skelton also compares median family income by neighbourhood. After all, raising kids ain’t cheap.
West Point Grey: $107,074
South Cambie: $78,097
Riley Park: $71,748
Vancouver Total: $64,007
West End: $57,995
Kensington-Cedar Cottage: $57,260
Mount Pleasant: $54,244
Skelton finally concludes that no matter how you slice the data, it’s hard to make a case that either income or ethnicity is the driving force behind where kids live.
One thing is for sure though, Kitsilano is the whitest neighbourhood in Vancouver and the baby stores along West 4th aren’t as busy as we thought.
Last modified: September 5, 2009