Children in the care of grandparents in the United States

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Definitions: The share of children under age 18 living in households where a grandparent provides that child's primary care.  Any data accessed for this indicator before October 2011 may differ from the current tables.  In October 2011, the definition of the measure was slightly revised.

Data Source: Population Reference Bureau, analysis of data from the U.S. Census Bureau, 2005 through 2017 American Community Survey.

These data were derived from American Fact Finder table B10002 (

Footnotes: Updated October 2018.
S - Estimates suppressed when the confidence interval around the percentage is greater than or equal to 10 percentage points.
N.A. – Data not available.
Data are provided for the 50 most populous cities according to the most recent Census counts.  Cities for which data is collected may change over time.
A 90 percent confidence interval for each estimate can be found at Children in the care of grandparents.