Chicago Tribune wonders: Say, where are all the children?
posted at 1:04 pm on January 28, 2013 by Ed Morrissey
Demographers have long known that the baby boom of the 1950s was giving way to a baby bust nationwide. Now Illinois and the Chicago area are providing a vivid example of the trend: According to data from the U.S. Census Bureau, from 2000 to 2010, Illinois had a 6.2 percent drop in children under 10, among the biggest declines in the country.
The impact is being felt in declining school enrollments and refashioned youth programs, officials say. In coming years, it will be felt in a workforce with fewer workers to replace retirees and help replenish pension coffers.
Changes in the youth population are especially pronounced in Chicago, which lost one-fifth of its young residents, particularly along parts of the lakefront, in Hispanic neighborhoods and in places where public housing high-rises once stood. But the trend is also under way in suburbs in Cook and DuPage counties…
Although solutions are hard to come by, some demographers believe fewer children will mean that policymakers need to be more committed than ever to improving the quality of education and social services for all children.
Solutions are hard to come by when you ignore one of the main causes of a problem.