More Kids Living with Their Grandparents

More Kids Living with Their Grandparents

Since 2000, the share of children in the U.S. living with at least one grandparent has increased by more than 36%, from 9.3% to 12.7%, according to research published by the Brookings Institution. By 2019, one in eight children lived with a grandparent.

Children come into these living situations as a result of parental inability to care for a child, the death of a parent, and other crises. Children living in skip-generation arrangements — defined as a child living with at least one grandparent, but no parent — are more likely to be living in poverty and facing multiple hardships.

By the numbers: More than 1 in 6 Black children live with their grandparents, and the share is similar for Asian children.

  • Non-Hispanic white children are less likely to live with a grandparent than other major groups.

However, this group also experienced the largest change over the 2000-2019 time period – from 5.8% to 9.2%.