We have 3 kids and just moved to Santa Cruz from Minneapolis last month! The first week we lived here I was carless, so the kids and I walked everywhere, and I definitely got a lot of, "Wow, are they all yours?" remarks. (It doesn't help that I'm young and look even younger.) I was actually feeling kind of down about it for awhile. Almost all of our friends in MN have 3+ kids, and I was hoping to find some other "big" families out here. I think the cost of living (particularly housing) keeps some people from having more kids. There don't seem to be a lot of kids in our neighborhood, but we're just renting this house for the summer, so we've been looking around to see where the young families live.
With that being said, we LOVE Santa Cruz so far! If you are homeschooling, I think you won't have any trouble connecting with larger families. We've been to a few homeschool meetups since we've been here, and many families had 3-4 kids, so it was nice to know we're not that crazy. However, we're considering sending our kids to private school this Fall, so I'm not sure if we'll find similar family sizes there.
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Hi, I live in the Santa Cruz Mountains and just had #3. I know several mamas that have 3+. I recently have joined a homeschool group and many have 3-4 kids:) There are so many wonderful programs & activities for kids/families here, I just love it!
Happily married, Waldorf-inspired homeschooler to Kylan (8yo), Everest (6yo), and Bodhi (2yo)