AARP Multicultural Survey July 2001
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.
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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