Statistical Validation

June 24, 2008

When I talk to people about how tough/lonely it is to be a single parent in San Francisco I almost always get the same response:  thinly veiled disbelief.  Of course they are all people that either have no kids or are married with kids, because I only know two other single parents (and one of those I only know as far as nodding “Hey” at the kids’ school.)

There are few parents in San Francisco and not many of them are single.

In recent years at least 12 city schools have been closed, merged or relocated due to lack of enrollment.  Families with kids have gone Bridge & Tunnel.

Of those families with kids that remain, very few are single parent ones.  A study showed that in 2005 SF was #2 in the nation for fewest single parent homes, and #4 in 2006 – 27% of families both years are ones with only one parent.

You’d think there would be more of Us in the wicked and liberal San Francisco than in the Bible belt, but nooooo…

  • Omaha, NE – 35%
  • Minneapolis, MN – 44%
  • Kansas City, MO – 48%
  • Cleveland, OH – 68%

And the mecca for single parents… drumroll please!  Detroit, MI with a staggering 70%!

PLEASE don’t misunderstand me… I think 2 parents is the ideal way to go.  I’m just saying it’s hard to find birds of a feather in this town to hang out with.  The closest “Parents Without Partners” chapter is in Hayward.

End of story.



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