By the numbers: what will Census 2010 mean?


Credit: U.S. Census Bureau, Public Information Office

Done and done: ten quick questions and my 2010 Census form was sealed and sent. It’s been ten years since the last national Census but a lot has changed. I wonder what insights the new results will provide?

Could the multi-generational family be making a comeback?

  • In 1940, almost a quarter of all Americans lived with extended family, but by 1980 just over 10% of the population did. Will 2010  see that trend continue to fall or will the effects of the down economy have brought generational units together? And what will that mean for children, child care and working parents?

How much longer can Grandpa and Grandma keep working?

  • Between 1985 and 2006, the percentage of working Americans between 65-69 years increased from 18.4% to 30.7%. Will Census 2010 show an even steeper increase or will the economy have cut many older workers out of jobs? What impact might a longer employment life have on young families with children: less Grandparent time? Less available family child care for working parents?

How do the generations differ in their access to information?

  • How will TV, Internet and mobile media impact access to parenting information? What changes will information providers like Parents as Teachers have to make to reach parents?

If you haven’t done your part by sending in your Census form yet, please do so.

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One thought on “By the numbers: what will Census 2010 mean?

  1. Mary Kilgore

    The 2006 census report published in 2008 showed that 1/4 of the children in this country live with a single parent, grandparent, foster parents or legal guardians. That is one out of every 26 children. Single fathers were awarded custody of 16% of the children. Check out the picture book WHERE IS MY MOMMY by clinical social workers Mary and Mitchell Kilgore, published by Parenting Press for ages 4 to 10. It describes a young child with abandonment fears after being abandoned by his mother. He lives with his single father and uses a toy soldier to give voice to his worries. Good information is provided for caretaking parents who are struggling to understand children with abandonment issues.

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