The Unites States Census Bureau takes a look at data from the 2014 American Community Survey to determine how the numbers numbers and profiles of American grandparents have changed since data on grandparent caregivers were collected in Census 2000.
The statistics, which help federal, state and local program managers understand the needs of this group and design programs for both generations, found that the percentage of the population 30 years and older living with grandchildren increased from 3.6% in 2000 to 3.8% in 2014. Additionally, non-Hispanic whites are the least likely to live under the same roof as their grandchildren (2.6%), an increase from 2.2% in 2000. The largest drop happened among African Americans, who saw a decline from 8.2% in 2000 to 5.6% in 2014.
Since 2000, there has been a drop in grandparents who are their grandchildren’s primary caregivers among most race groups. For instance, the percent of blacks living with grandchildren who were responsible for those grandchildren dropped from 51.7% in 2000 to 44% in 2014.