Census Releases Grandparent Facts
The Census Bureau has culled facts pertaining to grandparents from recently released Census 2000 reports and other sources to mark the celebration of Grandparents Day. Census 2000 marked the first census that posed a question about grandparents as caregivers, U.S. Newswire reports.
- 5.8 million grandparents lived with their grandchildren under 18 in 2000.
2.4 million or 42 percent were responsible for most of the basic needs (i.e.,
food, shelter, clothing) of one or more of the grandchildren they lived with
- Wyoming with 59 percent had the highest rate of grandparents who lived with
their grandchildren in 2000 and were responsible for most of the basic needs
of one or more of them. Oklahoma, Arkansas and South Dakota were next, at
58 percent each. The lowest rates belonged to Massachusetts and Hawaii, both
at 28 percent.
- Grandparents lived under the same roof with two or more generations of descendants
accounting for 3.9 million multigenerational family households in the United
States in 2000. These households represented four percent of all households.
- Hawaii led the nation in multigenerational family households with 8.2 percent
in 2000. California (5.6 percent) and Mississippi (5.2 percent) were the only
other states to exceed five percent. North Dakota had the least with 1.1 percent.
Other states with fewer than two percent were Iowa, Maine, Minnesota, Montana,
Nebraska, South Dakota, Vermont, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
- 5.4 million grandchildren lived in a grandparent’s home in 2000 (4.5 million
were under 18).
- Twenty-one percent of preschoolers were cared for by their grandparents
while their mother was employed or in school in 1997. Grandparents were the
leading child-care providers for preschoolers who were in some type of child-care
arrangement. Only 15 percent of these grandparents were paid for providing
this care, with payments averaging $40 per week — half the amount charged
by day-care centers.
Moderator Comment: What must retailers do to capture fair share of the graying American consumer’s expenditures?
Based on the Census numbers, one method would be for
retailers to create stronger ties to the nation’s grandchildren. [George Anderson – Moderator]
- Census Bureau Releases Grandparents Day 2002 Facts – U.S. Newswire
- Multigenerational Households Number Four Million According to Census 2000 – U.S. Census Bureau
- Who’s Minding the Kids? Grandparents Leading Child-Care Providers – U.S. Census Bureau