Nashville grows, but number of couples with kids drops

Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at 3:18pm
Staff reports

While total population in Davidson County increased between 2000 and 2010, the number of married couples with minor children decreased significantly, according to a new report by Metropolitan Social Services department.

That's one of several new demographic changes in Nashville found in the MSS annual Community Needs Evaluation, which was compiled by its planning and coordination staff.

The report is meant to offer insight into social and demographic groups within Davidson County, identify needs based on trends within those groups and provide information for social agencies to respond to needs identified.

Brief examples of findings include:

• The number of people in Davidson County increased from 569,891 in 2000 to 628,133 in 2010.

• The number of married couples with minor children decreased from 42,616 in 2000 to 33,017 in 2010, while the number of married couples with no related children increased from 52,976 to 57,119.

• In 2010, the racial composition of Davidson County was 62.5 percent White, 27.6 percent Black or African-American, 6.8 percent More than One Race or Other, 2.9 percent Asian, and .2 percent American Indian/Alaska Native.

• The Hispanic/Latino population increased from 4.4 percent in 2000 to 9.8 percent in 2010. The number of foreign-born residents increased from 39,596 in 2000 to 74,129 in 2010.

• The purchasing power in the U. S. has dropped steadily. The purchasing power of $100 in 2011 dollars would have been worth about $131.76 in 2000 or $173.60 in 1990.

The full report includes a demographic and social profile of Davidson County over multiple year and can be viewed here.
 

13 Comments on this post:

By: NewYorker1 on 2/29/12 at 2:31

This is wonderful news. Less kids mean less tax dollars we have to spend on schools, less headaches, and more discretionary income. It means more people are able to go out and enjoy life. I am really happy about this.

The means the dating pool has increased too. Who would want to date someone with kids?

By: Jughead on 3/1/12 at 8:32

The ghetto baby-mamas haven't stopped spitting them out. So, keep the juvenile courts and the jails funded.

By: govskeptic on 3/1/12 at 9:57

Some single women would like to find a male of a marrying mind set in
this city, their problem is many single men meet single women such as
our first poster and decide they would rather stay single! Best choice.

By: i.am.a.taxpayer on 3/1/12 at 11:01

Despite the bizarro-world comments already posted by people who apparently did not even look at the report. I looked at it, and it has good information about people who need help and how they can best be helped. With 20% of people in Nashville in poverty, something is wrong that deserves serious help rather than silliness.

By: Jughead on 3/1/12 at 2:28

I read the report, and it is a product of ignorant political-correctness. I have never seen one of these social workers suggest ANYTHING other than someone else is responsible for people's poverty.

That report did not mention that poverty is caused by drug and alcohol abuse, laziness, and failure to take advantage of free education. That ain't my fault, and I don't want to pay for someone else's Old English 800 40 ouncers and their crack pipe.

By: NewYorker1 on 3/1/12 at 3:05

Jughead is a prime example of WHY I believe in abortions.

By: NewYorker1 on 3/1/12 at 3:06

Jughead, shouldn't you be dating a cousin or something?

By: i.am.a.taxpayer on 3/2/12 at 9:13

It is likely that Jughead uses a number of government services that are paid for by tax dollars. Even services for which a fee is charged (water, public transportation, etc.) are heavily subsidized by we taxpayers. People who drive on public roads, get flu shots at the Health Department, have children who attend schools, visit public parks or libraries are ALL using government services.

By: Nashvillesanity on 3/2/12 at 11:14

This report is true, but fails to mention these numbers are not just increasing in Nashville, they're increasing across the country. Singles are increasing, marriage rates are decreasing, and families with children are decreasing across the country.

Some will try to say its a moral scourge - a combination of prophylactics and risque television that's driven these demographic changes.

Personally, I think its a combination of a bad economy (kids are expensive and people are less likely to have them when there is poor economic outlook) and a cultural shift to people focusing on their careers and personal development rather than starting families and raising children. More women than ever work, men stay in college longer, financial freedom allows us to not depend as much on the family unit, and people are waiting much longer to have children, if at all. (Also, most men I know these days begin their adolescence at 13 and don't finish college/post college singledom enjoying nearly zero familial responsibility until their mid-twenties. Such a long time being single (i.e. not married) tends to lead to men enjoying a role of habit with many fewer responsibilities than their married counterparts.)

I have great respect and admiration for families and having children, but for people like me I'd rather stay single, not take on the responsibility of raising children, explore the world and not have to worry about or provide for a family at this time. If I take too long and don't end up having kids due to age, etc. I'm fine with it and comfortable with the decision. There are plenty of others out there having kids - society will continue. Whereas this rhetoric and such a position would have been shunned in the 1950's - 1970's, now its socially acceptable. Why can't we interpret this as a positive development stemming from more people having personal freedom?

By: i.am.a.taxpayer on 3/5/12 at 10:34

The report did mention the national poverty rate, which was somewhat lower than Davidson County. It is true that children would benefit from having two parents in the home, not ony financially but in other ways. Teenagers having babies is a really bad idea all around, especially if they cannot support them financially, emotionally and otherwise.

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