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Grandparents Day 2009: Sept. 13

Grandparents Day was the brainchild of Marian McQuade of Fayette County, W.Va., who hoped that such an observance might persuade grandchildren to tap the wisdom and heritage of their grandparents. President Jimmy Carter signed the first presidential proclamation in 1978 — and one has been issued each year since — designating the first Sunday after Labor Day as National Grandparents Day. The first official observance was Sept. 9, 1979. In honor of our nation's grandparents, the Census Bureau presents an array of data about these unsung role models and caregivers.

 

6.2 million

The number of grandparents whose grandchildren younger than 18 lived with them in 2007.

Source: 2007 American Community Survey <http://www.census.gov/acs/www/Products/users_guide/index.htm>

 

Grandparents as Caregivers

2.5 million

The number of grandparents responsible for most of the basic needs (i.e., food, shelter, clothing) of one or more of the grandchildren who lived with them in 2007. These grandparents represented about 40 percent of all grandparents whose grandchildren lived with them. Of these caregivers, 1.6 million were grandmothers, and 932,000 were grandfathers.

 

1.8 million

The number of grandparent-caregivers who were married in 2007.

 

1.5 million

The number of grandparents who were in the labor force and also responsible for most of the basic needs of their grandchildren.

 

930,000

Number of grandparents in 2007 responsible for caring for their grandchildren for at least the past five years.

 

482,000

Number of grandparents whose income was below the poverty level and who were caring for their grandchildren.

 

732,000

Number of grandparents with a disability who were caring for their grandchildren.

 

586,000

Number of grandparents who spoke a language other than English and who were responsible for caring for their grandchildren.

 

$44,469

Median income for families with grandparent-caregiver householders. If a parent of the grandchildren was not present, the median dropped to $33,453.

 

71%

Among grandparents who cared for their grandchildren in 2007, the percentage who lived in an owner-occupied home.

 

Source for statements in this section: 2007 American Community Survey

<http://www.census.gov/acs/www/Products/users_guide/index.htm>

 

Grandchildren

6.6 million

The number of children living with a grandparent in 2008; these children comprised 9 percent of all children in the United States. The majority of these children, 4.4 million, lived in the grandparent's home.

Source: Families and Living Arrangements: 2008

<http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/re...lds/013378.html>

 

2.6 million

The number of children who lived with both a grandmother and a grandfather in 2008.

Source: Families and Living Arrangements: 2008

<http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/re...lds/013378.html>

 

30%

Among children younger than 5 whose mothers worked outside the home, the percentage cared for on a regular basis by a grandparent during their mother's working hours in 2005. Grandparents and fathers were the two biggest sources of child care by relatives when mothers went to work.

Source: Who's Minding the Kids? Child Care Arrangements: Spring 2005

<http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/re...ren/011574.html>

 

 

For some more fun facts about other holidays go to the link below & then go to home page & in the middle of that page you will see a link to more fun facts:

http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/re...ons/013971.html

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Grandparents Day 2009: Sept. 13

Grandparents Day was the brainchild of Marian McQuade of Fayette County, W.Va., who hoped that such an observance might persuade grandchildren to tap the wisdom and heritage of their grandparents. President Jimmy Carter signed the first presidential proclamation in 1978 — and one has been issued each year since — designating the first Sunday after Labor Day as National Grandparents Day. The first official observance was Sept. 9, 1979. In honor of our nation’s grandparents, the Census Bureau presents an array of data about these unsung role models and caregivers.

 

6.2 million

The number of grandparents whose grandchildren younger than 18 lived with them in 2007.

Source: 2007 American Community Survey <http://www.census.gov/acs/www/Products/users_guide/index.htm>

 

Grandparents as Caregivers

2.5 million

The number of grandparents responsible for most of the basic needs (i.e., food, shelter, clothing) of one or more of the grandchildren who lived with them in 2007. These grandparents represented about 40 percent of all grandparents whose grandchildren lived with them. Of these caregivers, 1.6 million were grandmothers, and 932,000 were grandfathers.

 

1.8 million

The number of grandparent-caregivers who were married in 2007.

 

1.5 million

The number of grandparents who were in the labor force and also responsible for most of the basic needs of their grandchildren.

 

930,000

Number of grandparents in 2007 responsible for caring for their grandchildren for at least the past five years.

 

482,000

Number of grandparents whose income was below the poverty level and who were caring for their grandchildren.

 

732,000

Number of grandparents with a disability who were caring for their grandchildren.

 

586,000

Number of grandparents who spoke a language other than English and who were responsible for caring for their grandchildren.

 

$44,469

Median income for families with grandparent-caregiver householders. If a parent of the grandchildren was not present, the median dropped to $33,453.

 

71%

Among grandparents who cared for their grandchildren in 2007, the percentage who lived in an owner-occupied home.

 

Source for statements in this section: 2007 American Community Survey

<http://www.census.gov/acs/www/Products/users_guide/index.htm>

 

Grandchildren

6.6 million

The number of children living with a grandparent in 2008; these children comprised 9 percent of all children in the United States. The majority of these children, 4.4 million, lived in the grandparent’s home.

Source: Families and Living Arrangements: 2008

<http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/re...lds/013378.html>

 

2.6 million

The number of children who lived with both a grandmother and a grandfather in 2008.

Source: Families and Living Arrangements: 2008

<http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/re...lds/013378.html>

 

30%

Among children younger than 5 whose mothers worked outside the home, the percentage cared for on a regular basis by a grandparent during their mother’s working hours in 2005. Grandparents and fathers were the two biggest sources of child care by relatives when mothers went to work.

Source: Who’s Minding the Kids? Child Care Arrangements: Spring 2005

<http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/re...ren/011574.html>

 

 

For some fun facts about other holidays go to the link below & then look at the bottom of the page:

http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/re...ons/013971.html

 

 

 

Thanks for the info. What is everybody doing for Grandparents day?

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Halloween Oct. 31, 2009

The observance of Halloween, which dates back to Celtic rituals thousands of years ago, has long been associated with images of witches, ghosts, devils and hobgoblins. Over the years, Halloween customs and rituals have changed dramatically. Today, many of the young and young at heart take a more light-spirited approach. They don scary disguises or ones that may bring on smiles when they go door to door for treats, or attend or host a Halloween party.

 

Trick or Treat!

36 million

The estimated number of potential trick-or-treaters in 2008 — children 5 to 13 — across the United States. This number is up about 65,000 from a year earlier. Of course, many other children — older than 13, and younger than 5 — also go trick-or-treating.

Source: Population estimates <http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/re...ion/013733.html>

 

111.4 million

Number of occupied housing units across the nation in 2008 — all potential stops for trick-or-treaters.

Source: Housing Vacancies and Homeownership <http://www.census.gov/hhes/www/housing/hvs/historic/>

 

93%

Percentage of households with residents who consider their neighborhood safe. In addition, 78 percent said there was no place within a mile of their homes where they would be afraid to walk alone at night.

Source: Extended Measures of Well-Being: Living Conditions in the United States, 2003

<http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/re...lds/009884.html>

 

Jack-o'-Lanterns and Pumpkin Pies

1.1 billion pounds

Total production of pumpkins by major pumpkin-producing states in 2008. Illinois led the country by producing 496 million pounds of the vined orange gourd. Pumpkin patches in California, Pennsylvania and New York also provided lots of pumpkins: Each state produced at least 100 million pounds. The value of all pumpkins produced by major pumpkin-producing states was $141 million.

Source: USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service <http://www.nass.usda.gov/index.asp>

 

Where to Spend Halloween?

Some places around the country that may put you in the Halloween mood are:

 

Candy and Costumes

1,233

Number of U.S. manufacturing establishments that produced chocolate and cocoa products in 2007, employing 38,794 people and shipping $13.2 billion worth of goods. California led the nation in the number of chocolate and cocoa manufacturing establishments, with 143, followed by Pennsylvania, with 115.

Source: 2007 County Business Patterns <http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/re...rns/014105.html>

and 2007 Economic Census <http://www.census.gov/econ/census07/>

 

466

Number of U.S. establishments that manufactured nonchocolate confectionery products in 2007. These establishments employed 18,250 people and shipped $6.6 billion worth of goods that year. California led the nation in this category, with 70 establishments.

Source: 2007 County Business Patterns <http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/re...rns/014105.html>

and 2007 Economic Census <http://www.census.gov/econ/census07/>

 

23.8 pounds

Per capita consumption of candy by Americans in 2008.

Source: Current Industrial Reports, Confectionery: 2008 <http://www.census.gov/cir/www/311/ma311d.html>

 

2,011

Number of costume rental and formal wear establishments across the nation in 2007.

Source: 2007 County Business Patterns <http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/re...rns/014105.html>

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