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Grandparents living with and taking care of their grandchildren in poverty in Puerto Rico

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These values represents the grandparents who lives with their grandchildren and are financially responsible for their food, shelter, clothing, daycare, etc. These values reflect the percentage of related these grandparents below the poverty level as defined by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget. For example, in 2020, the poverty threshold for a family of two adults and two children was $26,246. 

These federal poverty thresholds definitions considers three parameters: family composition, family income, and the annual inflation. To determine the family income it is considered: earnings, unemployment compensation, workers' compensation, Social Security, Supplemental Security Income, public assistance, veterans' payments, survivor benefits, pension or retirement income, interest, dividends, rents, royalties, income from estates, trusts, educational assistance, alimony, child support, assistance from outside the household, and other miscellaneous sources. On the other side, these values does not includes information about unrelated individuals under age 15, institutional group quarters (such as prisons or nursing homes), nursing homes, college dormitories, military barracks and people living situations without conventional housing (and who are not in shelters). Also non-cash benefits like food stamps, housing subsides, capital gain or losses, and the income of non- relatives in the household are not considered.

Data Source

U.S. Census Bureau. American Community Survey. 5-Year Estimates. Retrieve from:  


Last Updated

May 2024