Number of Grandparents living with Grandkids now shrinking

For decades, we have seen an increase in the number of Grandparents living in homes with their Grandkids. Newly released figures from the U.S. Census reveal that number appears to now be on the decline.


About 6.6-million grandparents in the U.S. are living with their grandchildren as of 2021. That compares to 7.1 million grandparents in 2012.  Of note: in 2021, a majority of grandparents living with grandchildren were women, regardless of whether they were responsible for their grandchildren or the length of time they had been responsible for them. That accounts for about 63 percent of grandparents. Analysts concluded this may be athe result of women tending to love longer, and that a higher percentage of caregivers are women than men.

The decline could be seen across the board by race, where families of color often have higher percentages of grandparents living with grandkids.



In the final analysis, both the number of grandparents living with and responsible for their grandchildren were lower in 2021 than 2012. Similarly, the percentage of grandparents who were responsible for their coresident grandchildren declined from 2012 (38.8 percent) compared to 2021 (31.3 percent).