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7 surprising facts about Utah grandparents

Pedestrians, cars and trains bustle along Main Street in downtown Salt Lake City on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016.
Pedestrians, cars and trains bustle along Main Street in downtown Salt Lake City on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016.
Spenser Heaps, Deseret News

New data from the U.S. Census Bureau revealed some intriguing notions about grandparents.

The new American Community Survey collected data from 2011 through 2015. In general, it showed two different Utahs, where stark disparities persist between urban and rural counties in Utah, according to our own Daphne Chen.

"Each one of these counties has a different experience and different characteristics," Pam Perlich, the director of demographic research at the University of Utah’s Kem C. Gardner Institute, told Chen. "The state average really hides all of these unique stories as to how this is playing out."

As I wrote recently, the data also showed Utahns take 21.3 minutes on average to get to work. However, the majority of Utahns need between 15 and 19 minutes to get to their job.

The data also broke down its findings into a number of different categories. Today’s highlight — grandparents.

Here are seven facts about Utah grandparents that you probably didn’t know.

Most Utah grandparents are white

Utah grandparents have some diversity to them, but they are mostly white.

Among those who identified with one race, the data show that 82.4 percent of Utah grandparents identify as white, while 0.9 percent identify as black and 2.9 percent identify as Asian.

Meanwhile, 20 percent of grandparents have Hispanic or Latino roots.

Utah grandparents by raceCreate column charts

There are more grandmothers than grandfathers.

The census data show that 59.1 percent of grandparents are female, while 40.9 percent are male.

Uah grandparents by genderCreate pie charts

About half of all grandparents work

The data show that 57.2 percent of grandparents are in the labor force. About 78.8 percent are 30 to 59 years old, while 42.8 percent are 60 or older.

Utah grandparents in the labor forceCreate column charts

The majority of grandparents are married

According the data, 70 percent of grandparents are now married (or have a separated/absent partner), while 30 percent are widows, divorced or never married).

Marital statusCreate bar charts

About 1 in 4 grandparents have a disability

The data show that 63,296 Utah grandparents live with their grandchildren who are under 18 years old. Of those, 23.2 percent have a disability.

More than 60,000 grandparents take care of their grandchildren

The data show 63,277 grandparents live with their grandchildren who are under 18 years old. About 8.5 percent care for the grandchildren without a parent present.

Almost 1 in 4 grandparents are immigrants

The data show that 21.5 percent of grandparents are foreign-born, with 78.5 percent having been born in the United States.

Utah grandparents by nativityCreate pie charts