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U.S. Census Report Finds that Over 7 Million Children Live with Grandparents

By Sheryl Rentz on September 20, 2011

According to the U.S. Census Bureau report entitled “Living Arrangements of Children: 2009,” approximately 7.8 million children lived with at least one grandparent that year. This is a substantial increase from the 4.7 million that lived with at least one grandparent in 1991. According to a GoErie.com news article, social workers, nonprofit groups and demographers attribute this trend to high pregnancy and divorce rates, young adults struggling with the economy, increased alcohol and drug abuse, and various other factors.

Pennsylvania, which has one of the highest concentrations of grandparents in the U.S. according to the Census, is following this trend. In fact, in 2010, almost 200,000 children were living with a grandparent in Pennsylvania. In the same year, 4,221 children were living with a grandparent and no parent in Erie County with 50 percent of the children being younger than 5-years-old. Although raising children can be a struggle for some grandparents, many choose to pursue such an arrangement in the best interests of the child. Read the rest »

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