In which states do grandchildren live at home?

By Razib Khan | October 16, 2011 1:56 am

I recently noted that the SDA Archive has an American Community Survey interface. The ACS has huge sample sizes because the US government can afford to do extensive surveys. And naturally you find some really interesting facts. For example, there’s a variable which tells you about the presence of grandchildren in the household. In some nations this wouldn’t be a big deal, but in the USA it is not too common. You can also look at this by state, which is what I did. Then I compared the total proportion to those limited with college degrees or higher. No surprise, those with college degrees tended to be less likely to have grandchildren living at home…. But can you guess which state has the highest proportion of grandchildren living at home? And which states deviate from the trendline? Surprises to me….

  • Handle

    And Obama himself was one those Hawaiian grandchildren living in his grandparents’ household.

  • Sandgroper

    Why did Hawaii surprise you? Having been there, that’s exactly what I would have expected.

  • Darkseid

    yeah, Hawaii is weird. it’s so expensive they have tons of natives and other poor people living in shacks w/chickens. as a white tourist i (understandably) didn’t feel welcome there at all. AMAZING place, though, if you ever get a chance to go. there’s nothing like it, imo

  • Sandgroper

    I second that – Kaua’i is the most beautiful island I have ever been to in my life.

    Ever see the old movie musical “South Pacific” with its references to the magical island of Bali Hai? Well that’s it – they filmed Bali Hai in Kaua’i.

  • ohwilleke

    Nice solid trendline which off some trendline examples (like Utah and DC) being just the kind of states you’d expect to see off trendline.


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