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2016-2020 American Community Survey 5-year estimates are now available, including the Public Use Microdata Sample (PUMS) Files and Variance Replicate Estimate (VRE) Tables.

graphical representation of a community highlighting grandparents as caregivers

We ask questions about whether a person lives with his/her grandchildren under age 18, if he/she is the primary caregiver, and how long he/she has cared for his/her grandchildren to create statistics about grandparent caregivers.

Grandparent caregiver data help federal agencies understand the special provisions needed for federal programs designed to assist families, as older Americans are often in different financial, housing, and health circumstances than those of other ages. These data also help measure the effects of policies and programs that focus on the well-being of families, including tax policies and financial assistance programs.

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Grandparents as caregivers data help communities:

Infographic: Grandparents Still Work to Support Grandchildren

[Source: 2018 American Community Survey]


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