The Current Population Survey (CPS) is a monthly survey of about 50,000 households conducted by the Bureau of the Census for the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The survey has been conducted for more than 50 years. Data about children are collected annually as part of the Annual Social and Economic Supplement (ASEC).
Data about children are available at the national level from 1960 to present.
For CPS definitions and explanations, visit the Current Population Survey Web site. In addition to the reports and tables below, detailed tables are also available through the Family and Living Arrangements Web site.
For additional information about the Current Population Survey, visit the CPS website.
The detailed tables for CPS contain many tables showing children's characteristics and living arrangements. For example, see tables C1 through C9 in the detailed table package.
Children's Living Arrangements and Characteristics (2002 March CPS - P20-547)
The Complex Living Arrangements of Children and Their Unmarried Parents. Rose M. Kreider and Diana B. Elliott. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Population Association of America, Detroit, MI, April 30-May 2, 2009