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San Antonio home to some of the fullest houses in America, says new study

San Antonio home to some of the fullest houses in America, study says

Kids playing in a sprinkler
Almost 30 percent of San Antonio households have kids. Photo courtesy of Elyson

If the folks behind the Full House franchise ever move ahead with a third incarnation of the cult-favorite TV series, they might want to look at Texas as the setting.

Four Texas cities rank among the top 10 large cities in the U.S. for their big share of households with children under 18 — and most of them boast rather large households, as well.

San Antonio ranks 10th nationally, with 29.2 percent of local households including children under 18. Ahead of it are Houston (No. 2), Dallas (No. 4), and Austin (No. 8).

Michigan-based Lombardo Homes assembled the rankings, released February 16, based on data from the U.S. Census Bureau. 

Second-ranked Houston has a share of 33.8 percent of households with children under 18. And, it ranks fourth among large cities for the average number of people per household (3.3).

According to the Lombardo Homes rankings only Fresno, California, tops Houston for the share of households with children under 18 (35.8 percent). Ahead of Houston for average household size are Fresno (3.57), Los Angeles (3.41), and Las Vegas (3.33). 

Fourth-ranked Dallas has a 32.5 percent share of households with kids; it comes in eighth for average people per household, at 3.28. Regarding average people per household, San Antonio comes in at No. 11, with 3.18. Austin, where 29.3 percent of households have kids, is on the other side of the spectrum at No. 31, with only 2.91 people per home.

Overall, the trend of big families is on the decline, the report says.

"The number of families in America has been on the decline for 20 years," the report says. "In the last decade alone, the number of households where parents live with children under the age of 18 has declined by more than three million (though you wouldn’t know it from the strength of the custom new construction market)."

Read more about how Texas is bucking the family-family trend here.

Ranking and review website Niche.com lists San Antonio as the No. 81 best city best city in the U.S. for families, with Austin at No. 33, Houston at No. 69, San Antonio at No. 81, and Dallas at No. 92.