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One-in-Ten Children Are Living with a Grandparent

A useful factoid for library program planners:

At Grandmother’s House We Stay: One-in-Ten Children Are Living with a Grandparent

At Grandmother’s House We Stay: One-in-Ten Children Are Living with a Grandparent
Source: Pew Social & Demographic Trends

In 2011, 7.7 million children in the U.S.–one-in-ten—were living with a grandparent, and approximately 3 million of these children were also being cared for primarily by that grandparent.

Both of these numbers rose rapidly after the onset of the recession in 2007 and have stabilized since 2009, when the recession officially ended, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data.

In most cases (71%), grandchildren living with a grandparent are actually living in the grandparent’s household. This share rises to 94% among those children who are also being cared for primarily by a grandparent.

Children who are cared for primarily by a grandparent are more likely to be living below the poverty line (28% versus 17%) and have lower median household income ($36,000 versus $48,000) than children who are not being cared for primarily by a grandparent.”

Stephen

Posted on: September 11, 2013, 6:24 am Category: Uncategorized

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