WASHINGTON, July 8, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In 1970, Marian McQuade initiated a campaign to establish a day to honor grandparents. In 1978, President Jimmy Carter signed a federal proclamation, declaring the first Sunday after Labor Day as National Grandparents Day. This day has been celebrated every year since in honor of our nation's grandparents.
2.7 millionThe number of grandparents responsible for the basic needs of one or more grandchildren under age 18 living with them in 2012. Of these caregivers, 1.7 million were grandmothers and 1.0 million were grandfathers. Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2012 American Community Survey, Table B10056 http://factfinder2.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ACS/12_1YR/B10056
603,118The number of grandparents responsible for grandchildren under age 18 and whose income was below the poverty level in the past 12 months, compared with the 2.1 million grandparent caregivers whose income was at or above the poverty level. Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2012 American Community Survey, Table B10059 http://factfinder2.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ACS/12_1YR/B10059
$46,081Median income for families with grandparent householders responsible for grandchildren under age 18. Among these families, where a parent of the grandchildren was not present, the median income was $35,296. Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2012 American Community Survey, Table B10010 http://factfinder2.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ACS/12_1YR/B10010
2.1 millionThe number of grandparents responsible for their grandchildren who speak only English. Another 252,775 speak another language, but speak English "very well"; 398,387 speak another language and speak English less than "very well." Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2012 American Community Survey, Table B10054 http://factfinder2.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ACS/12_1YR/B10054