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National Grandparents Day 2017: Sept. 10
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Sep 6, 2017 - 11:50:31 AM

(HealthNewsDigest.com) - In 1970, Marian McQuade initiated a campaign to establish a day to honor grandparents. In 1978, President Jimmy Carter signed a federal proclamation, declaring the first Sunday after Labor Day as National Grandparents Day. To honor our nation’s grandparents, the U.S. Census Bureau presents statistics about their role in American society as caregivers of their grandchildren.

Grandparents as Caregivers

7.3 million

 

The number of grandparents whose grandchildren under age 18 were living with them in 2015.

 

Source: 2015 American Community Survey, Table B10050 http://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ACS/15_1YR/B10050

 

2.6 million

 

The number of grandparents responsible for the basic needs of one or more grandchild under age 18 living with them in 2015. Of these caregivers, 1.6 million were grandmothers and 1.0 million were grandfathers. Source: 2015 American Community Survey, Table B10056

http://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ACS/15_1YR/B10056

 

509,922

 

The number of grandparents responsible for grandchildren under age 18 whose income was below the poverty level in the past 12 months, compared with the 2.1 million grandparent caregivers whose income was at or above the poverty level. Source: 2015 American Community Survey, Table B10059 http://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ACS/15_1YR/B10059

 

$51,448

 

The median income for families with grandparent householders responsible for grandchildren under age 18. Among these families, where a parent of the grandchildren was not present, the median income was $37,580. Source: 2015 American Community Survey, Table B10010 http://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ACS/15_1YR/B10010

 

1.8 million

 

The number of married (including separated) grandparents responsible for caring for their grandchildren. Source: 2015 American Community Survey, Table B10057 http://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ACS/15_1YR/B10057

 

1.5 million

 

The number of grandparents in the labor force responsible for their own grandchildren under age 18. Among them, 368,348 were 60 years or older. Source: 2015 American Community Survey, Table B10058 http://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ACS/15_1YR/B10058

 

642,852

 

The number of grandparents who had a disability and were responsible for their grandchildren. Source: 2015 American Community Survey, Table B10052 http://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ACS/15_1YR/B10052

 

468,477

 

The number of foreign-born grandparents responsible for their own grandchildren under age 18. This contrasts with 2.1 million native-born grandparent caregivers. Source: 2015 American Community Survey, Table B10053 http://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ACS/15_1YR/B10053

 

2.0 million

 

The number of grandparents responsible for their grandchildren who spoke only English. Another 252,314 spoke another language, but spoke English “very well;” 362,390 spoke another language and spoke English less than “very well.” Source: 2015 American Community Survey, Table B10054 http://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ACS/15_1YR/B10054

 

8.7 percent

 

The percentage of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islanders who lived with grandchildren in 2015. This is followed by American Indian and Alaska Natives and those of Some Other Race, which were not statistically different from each other at 7.3 and 7.4 percent, respectively, Hispanics at 6.9 percent, Asians at 6.1 percent and African-Americans at 5.6 percent. Non-Hispanic Whites are the group least likely to have grandparents living under the same roof as their grandchildren at 2.5 percent.

 

Source: 2015 American Community Survey, Selected Population Profile S0201

https://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ACS/15_1YR/S0201//popgroup~004|006|012|050|070|400|451

 

Grandchildren

 

5.9 million

 

The number of children under age 18 living with a grandparent householder in 2015. Nearly half or 2.6 million were under age 6. Source: 2015 American Community Survey, Table B10001 http://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ACS/15_1YR/B10001

 

3.1 million

 

The number of children in 2015 who were living with both of their grandparents, regardless of whether they were also living with their parents. Source: America’s Families and Living Arrangements: 2015, Table C4 www.census.gov/hhes/families/

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