U.S. Children Statistics
Understanding the changing demographics of children—people under 18 years old—is vital for allocating resources for schools, health care, and other social services. The population of children—people under 18 years old—form an important topic in the American Community Survey (ACS), conducted each year by the U.S. Census Bureau. Unlike the Census—which is an exact count of people and households every ten years—ACS statistics are estimated based on a representative survey sample.
The data in this story shows population counts of children in United States, broken up by various characteristics.
How many U.S. children live in different types of families?
How are U.S. children related to their heads of household?
Among householders' own children, the population is divided as follows:
How many children live in households that receive public assistance?
How many U.S. children live in group quarters?
Group quarters are living arrangements distinct from normal households. They include group homes, correctional facilities, military barracks, and college dormitories. People living in group quarters are usually not related.
About the Data
Data is from the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS), 1-year estimates. The population considered in this report only includes people age 17 and younger. The following tables are used:
• Total Children: Table B09001
• Household Type: Table B09005
• Relationship to Householder: Table B09018
• Households with Public Assistance Income: Table B09010
• Children Living in Group Quarters: Table B09001
This report uses the Census Bureau Data API but is not endorsed or certified by the Census Bureau.