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One in five U.S. children receiving food stamps

January 30, 2015
From: U.S. Census Bureau , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

The number of children receiving food stamps remains higher than it was before the start of the Great Recession in 2007, according to the U.S. Census Bureau's annual Families and Living Arrangements table package released today.

The rate of children living with married parents who receive food stamps has doubled since 2007. In 2014, an estimated 16 million children, or about one in five, received food stamp assistance compared with the roughly 9 million children, or one in eight, that received this form of assistance prior to the recession.

These statistics come from the 2014 Current Population Survey's Annual Social and Economic Supplement, which has collected statistics on families and living arrangements for more than 60 years. Today's table package delves into the characteristics of households, including the marital status of the householders and their relationship to the children residing in the household.


Of the 73.7 million children under 18 in the United States:

10 percent live with a grandparent (7.4 million).

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The historical data on America's families and living arrangements can be found on

79 percent live with at least one sibling (58.5 million).

15 percent have a stay-at-home mother (10.8 million), and 0.6 percent have a stay-at-home father (420,000).

38 percent have at least one foreign-born parent (28.3 million).



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