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Decennial Census Data on Children

The Decennial Census occurs every 10 years, in years ending in zero, to count the population and housing units for the entire United States. Its primary purpose is to provide the population counts that determine how seats in the U.S. House of Representatives are apportioned.

Data about children are available for the U.S., 50 states and the District of Columbia, counties, and subcounty statistical areas (such as zip codes and block groups).

DATA TABLES, PRODUCTS AND REPORTS

Adopted Children and Stepchildren: 2010

Census 2000

2000 census information on children is available at the national, state and sub-state levels. Use American FactFinder to find available Census 2000 data on children.

For more information about the Census 2000 survey and other data collected from the survey, visit the Census 2000 gateway.

Household and Families: 2000 (C2KBR/01-8)

  • Report [PDF - 469k]
  • Tables: Multigenerational Households for the United States, States, and for Puerto Rico: 2000 (PHC-T-17)

Grandparents Living with Grandchildren: 2000 (C2KBR-31)

Married-Couple and Unmarried-Partner Households: 2000 (CENSR-5)

  • Report [PDF - 502k]
  • Tables: Hispanic Origin and Race of Coupled Households (PHC-T-19)

Adopted Children and Stepchildren: 2000 (CENSR-6RV)

Children and the Households They Live In: 2000 (CENSR-14)

  • Report [PDF - 953k]
  • Tables: Characteristics of Children Under 18 Years, by Age, for the United States, Regions, States, and Puerto Rico: 2000 (PHC-T-30)

Examining American Household Composition: 1990 and 2000 (CENSR-24)

Census Atlas of the United States (CENSR-29)



RELATED PAPERS AND PRESENTATIONS

Census 2000

What about the Children? Government Assistance and Child Well-Being Measured by the Census Supplementary Survey, 2001. Jane Lawler Dye and Robin T. Levine . Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Population Association of America, Minneapolis, MN, May 1-3, 2003. [PDF - 663k]

Adoptive Single Parents and Their Children: 2000. Rose M. Kreider. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Population Association of America, Minneapolis, MN, May 1-3, 2003. [PDF - 2.6M]

Changes in the Lives of U.S. Children: 1990-2000, Julia Overturf Johnson, Robert Kominski, Kristin Smith, and Paul Tillman, Population Division Working Paper No. 78, 2005. [Population Division Working Paper 78] [PDF - 1.5M]

1990 Census

1990 census information on children is available at the national, state and sub-state levels. Use American FactFinder to find available Census 1990 data on children.

For more information about the Census 1990 survey and other data collected from the survey, visit the Census 1990 gateway.

Census 1990 Briefs



Selected Historical Census Data

Data from previous censuses can be found here. Historical Census reports are also available in PDF for 1790-1990.


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Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Children |  Last Revised: April 23, 2014