Friday, March 21, 2008
And Where Are the Children?
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2006 there were 73,664,000 million children in the United States (under 18). Who takes care of them?
49,661,000 live with both their parents or 67 percent
17,161,000 live with their mother only
3,458,000 live with their father only
3,383,000 live with neither parent. Of those:
772,000 live with a grandmother and grandfather
669,000 live with a grandmother only
63,000 live with a grandfather only
1,900,000 live with neither parents nor grandparents. I do not know how many of these children live in orphanages or in foster homes.
There are 10,404,000 households in which women are the single head of the household--that is, women head the household and have dependent children. Nearly a third of these had an annual income of under $10,000.