Census: More Kids Living With Grandparents

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Apparently, because of the sour economy, more kids are living with at least one of their grandparents.

The U.S. Census Bureau released a report June 28 that reveals the number of children living with one or more grandparent has increased 64 percent since 1991.

USA Today reports 7.8 million children lived with at least one grandparent in 2009, compared with 4.7 million in 1991.

White kids living with at least one grandparent jumped from 5 percent to 9 percent. Among blacks kids, the number rose from 15 percent to 17 percent, and for Hispanic children, it increased from 12 percent to 14 percent.

Among all of the children living with a grandparent, USA Today reports three-quarters (76 percent) also had at least one parent in the household.

"There's absolutely no question it's been on the rise because of the recession," Gary Drevitch, the editor of Grandparents.com, tells the newspaper.

"What's been interesting is that in the past, you imagine grandparents moving in with their adult children and grandchildren because they could no longer maintain their own home," he adds. "The trend during the recession has been multigenerational households created because adult children have moved in with the grandparents. It's adult children struggling in the economy."

Donna Butts, the executive director of Generations United, a group that focuses on inter-generational programs and policies, agrees.

"If there's anything good that's come out of this economic time, it's that we realize we need each other," she tells the newspaper.

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