Indicators of Child, Family, and Community Connections. Families with grandparents who live nearby

08/01/2004

Fifty-six percent of families with resident children ages 24 and under lived within 50 miles of a grandparent in 1992-1993.

Families with younger children are more likely than families with older children to live near a grandparent. While 63 percent of families with children ages 0 to 5 lived near a grandparent in 1992-1993, 57 percent of families with children ages 6 to 11, fifty-two percent of those with children ages 12 to 17, and 37 percent of families with children ages 18 to 24 lived near a grandparent.

Geographic proximity to grandparents also varied by race and Hispanic origin, as well as family structure. Black, non-Hispanic families were more likely than white, non-Hispanic and Hispanic families to live near a grandparent (62 percent compared with 55 percent and 51 percent, respectively) in 1992-1993.

In general, one-parent families were more likely than two-parent families to live within close proximity of a grandparent. Sixty-two percent of one-parent families and 55 percent of two-parent families lived near a grandparent.

Percentage of families with resident children age 24 and under that had grandparents
who live nearby, by age of child: 1992-1993

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Note: Data are presented for children up to age 24 since a large proportion remain living at home and benefit from proximity to a grandparent.
Source: Child Trends' analyses of the National Survey of Families and Households, 1992-93.

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  Percent
Table 3.
Percentage of families with children age 24 and under
in the household that had grandparents who lived nearby,
by selected characteristics:(a) 1992-1993
Total 55.6
Race and Hispanic Origin(b)
  White, non-Hispanic 55.3
  Black, non-Hispanic 62.0
  Hispanic 50.8
  Other(c) 49.0
Family Structure(d)
  Two parents 54.6
  One parent 61.7
Age of Child(e)
  0-5 years 63.3
  6-11 years 57.4
  12-17 years 51.9
  18-24 years 37.0
a. Living nearby is defined as living within 50 miles.
b. Persons of Hispanic origin may be of any race. Refers to the race and Hispanic origin of the parent.
c. Most in this category are Asian or American Indian.
d. Includes families where cohabiting partners are regarded as parents.
e. Child refers to the randomly selected child (among all children age 24 and under) of the respondent.
Source: Child Trends' analyses of the National Survey of Families and Households, 1992-1993.

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