Existence of a Grandparent Living with a Grandchild in the Household – This was determined by a “Yes” answer to the question, “Does this person have any of his/her own grandchildren under the age of 18 living in this house or apartment?” This question was asked of people 15 years of age and over. Because of the low numbers of persons under 30 years old living with their grandchildren, data were only tabulated for people 30 and over.
Responsibility for Basic Needs – This question determines if the grandparent is financially responsible for food, shelter, clothing, day care, etc., for any or all grandchildren living in the household. In selected tabulations, grandparent responsibility is further classified by presence of parent (of the grandchild).
Number of Grandparents Responsible for Grandchildren – Number reflects the total number of grandparents that are responsible for Basic Needs.
Percent of Grandparents Responsible for Grandchildren – Percent is calculated by dividing the total number of grandparents that are responsible for Basic Needs by Family Households with own children under 18. This gives the most accurate picture of actual households in which the grandparents are the sole bearer of responsibility for their grandchildren.
Data Source: American Community Survey 2011, (3 Year Estimates), U.S. Census Bureau, 2010 (5 Year Estimates) American Community Survey, 2009 ( 5 Year Estimates) American Community Survey, 2008 (3 Year Estimates) American Community Survey, 2007 (3 Year Estimates) American Community Survey, 2006 (1 Year Estimates) American Community Survey, 2005 (1 Year Estimates) American Community Survey
Limitation of the Data – Beginning in 2006, the population in group quarters (GQ) is included in the ACS. Some types of GQ populations may have grandparents as caregivers distributions that are different from the household population. The inclusion of the GQ population could therefore have a noticeable impact on the grandparents as caregivers distribution. This is particularly true for areas with a substantial GQ population.
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Advocates for Children and Youth