Table 1. Number and percent of the U.S. population who were eldercare providers by sex and selected characteristics, averages for the combined years 2015-16

Table 1. Number and percent of the U.S. population who were eldercare providers by sex and selected characteristics, averages for the combined years 2015-16 [Numbers in thousands]
Characteristic Total Men Women
Civilian noninstitutional population Eldercare providers Civilian noninstitutional population Eldercare providers Civilian noninstitutional population Eldercare providers
Number Percent of population Number Percent of population Number Percent of population

Age

Total, 15 years and over

256,387 41,324 16.1 123,882 18,142 14.6 132,505 23,182 17.5

15 to 24 years

42,723 4,876 11.4 21,557 2,365 11.0 21,167 2,510 11.9

25 to 34 years

43,161 3,590 8.3 21,291 1,626 7.6 21,870 1,964 9.0

35 to 44 years

39,759 4,790 12.0 19,521 2,032 10.4 20,238 2,758 13.6

45 to 54 years

42,520 9,086 21.4 20,788 4,236 20.4 21,732 4,850 22.3

55 to 64 years

40,953 9,961 24.3 19,673 4,265 21.7 21,279 5,696 26.8

65 years and over

47,271 9,021 19.1 21,052 3,618 17.2 26,219 5,403 20.6

Race and Hispanic or Latino ethnicity(1)

White

206,678 34,718 16.8 101,077 15,088 14.9 105,601 19,630 18.6

Black or African American

31,552 4,579 14.5 14,373 1,928 13.4 17,179 2,651 15.4

Hispanic or Latino ethnicity

41,114 3,837 9.3 20,514 1,652 8.1 20,600 2,186 10.6

Employment status

Employed

159,320 25,332 15.9 84,594 12,234 14.5 74,726 13,098 17.5

Full-time workers

123,608 18,488 15.0 71,574 9,851 13.8 52,034 8,637 16.6

Part-time workers

35,712 6,844 19.2 13,020 2,383 18.3 22,692 4,461 19.7

Not employed

97,066 15,992 16.5 39,287 5,908 15.0 57,779 10,084 17.5

Educational attainment, 25 years and over

Less than a high school diploma

22,621 2,306 10.2 11,749 1,179 10.0 10,873 1,127 10.4

High school graduates, no college

62,197 10,261 16.5 30,244 4,811 15.9 31,953 5,450 17.1

Some college or associate degree

52,667 9,892 18.8 23,721 3,630 15.3 28,946 6,262 21.6

Bachelor's degree and higher

76,178 13,989 18.4 36,611 6,157 16.8 39,566 7,832 19.8

Parent of household children under 18 years

Parent of one or more household children

69,109 8,655 12.5 30,697 3,605 11.7 38,412 5,050 13.1

Parent of household children age 6 to 17, none younger

37,429 5,827 15.6 16,718 2,443 14.6 20,711 3,384 16.3

Parent of a household child under age 6

31,680 2,828 8.9 13,978 1,162 8.3 17,701 1,666 9.4

Not a parent of a household child

187,278 32,669 17.4 93,185 14,537 15.6 94,093 18,132 19.3

Marital status

No spouse or unmarried partner present in household

112,450 15,277 13.6 52,261 6,534 12.5 60,189 8,743 14.5

Spouse or unmarried partner present in household

143,936 26,047 18.1 71,621 11,608 16.2 72,315 14,439 20.0

Footnotes
(1) Not all race categories are shown. Persons of Hispanic or Latino ethnicity may be of any race.

NOTE: Eldercare providers are those who, in the previous 3 to 4 months, cared for someone with a condition related to aging. Estimates were calculated for persons who cared for at least one person age 65 or older. Unless otherwise specified, data refer to persons 15 years and over.

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Last Modified Date: September 20, 2017