Although many data sources describe the living arrangements and characteristics of children in general, few are large enough to permit the analysis of children by whether they are the biological, adopted, or stepchildren of the householder. Census 2000 included “adopted son/daughter” for the first time in the decennial census as a category of relationship to the householder separate from “natural born son/daughter” and “stepson/stepdaughter”. The adoption category includes various types of adoption, such as: adoption of biologically related and unrelated children, adoption of stepchildren, adoption through private and public agencies, domestic and international adoptions, and independent and informal adoptions. Census 2000 is the principal source of data on adopted children and their families on a national level. See the Other Sources of Data and Data Quality sections of this report for more information about national level data on adopted children and stepchildren.
This report presents information on the characteristics of the 2.1 million adopted children and 4.4 million stepchildren of householders as estimated from the Census 2000 sample, which collected data from approximately 1 out of every 6 households. Together, these children represented approximately 8 percent of the 84 million sons and daughters of householders in 2000.
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We the People: American Indians and Alaska Natives
This report provides a portrait of the American Indian and Alaska Native population in the United States.
Married-Couple and Unmarried-Partner Households: 2000
A reflection of changing life styles is mirrored in Census 2000’s enumeration of 5.5 million couples who were living together but who were not married.
Domestic Migration Across Regions,Divisions, and States: 1995 to 2000
This report contains information about the domestic migration across regions, divisions and states during 1995 to 2000.