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AARP Multicultural Survey July 2001

Total

White

Black

Hispanic

Asian

(%)

(%)

(%)

(%)

(%)

Children: Our survey found that a sizable proportion of older boomers still care for offspring in their own homes. The responses, shown in tables 5 and 6, reveal that nearly one-third (32%) of the sandwich generation still have children under 21 living in their own households, and another 8 percent have adult children living at home with them. Only 12 percent have no children at all.

None

12

12

14

12

18

One

14

14

16

10

15

Two

34

36

24

27

40

Three

21

22

20

23

18

Four or more

18

16

26

29

9

Asian Americans are the most likely to be childless (18%) or to have children under 21 at home (40%). Hispanics and African Americans, however, tend to have more children; 52 percent of Hispanics and 46 percent of African Americans have three or more children, compared with 38 percent of whites and only 27 percent of Asian Americans.

Table 5: Number of Children by Race and Ethnicity

Q35. How many children or stepchildren do you have?

Couples and singles: As shown in table 6, twenty-seven percent of the cohort live with their spouse only, and 22 percent live alone. African Americans, by a small proportion, have the highest probability (27%) of living alone.

Generations under one roof: Seven percent of the older boomers live in three- generation households—most commonly with their own minor children and their parents or in-laws. Hispanics are the most apt (11%) to be so situated. Another 6 percent of the total have other extended family arrangements, including cousins, adult siblings, and other people.

Prepared for AARP by Belden Russonello & Stewart and Research/Strategy/Management Page 19

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