Today is National Grandparents Day

Sunday, September 10 — Today is National Grandparents Day — recognizing the love and help they provide, and their growing importance to the survival of many American families. The special day was the idea of Marian McQuade of Fayette County, West Virginia, and has been observed nationally since 1979.

National Grandparents DayToday, grandparents are increasingly not just relatives to be visited on holidays and weekends, but part of the year-round household for many children. About 7.3 million grandparents, together or separated, have around 4.8 million minor grandchildren living with them. Putting it another way, 10 percent of America’s children under the age of 18 live with at least one grandparent, and 2.6 million of those grandparents are responsible for the children’s care.

You can find more facts about America’s people, places and economy from the American Community Survey.

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