Learn More: Youth in Households

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Variable Definitions:
Youth in Non-Family Households: The percentage of youth under the age of 18 who live with a non-relative
Youth in Single Parent Households: The percentage of youth under the age of 18 who live with only one parent

Source:
American Community Survey, 5-year estimates, Table B09005
Years Available:
2006-10, 2007-11, 2008-12, 2009-13, 2010-14, 2011-15, 2012-16, 2013-17, 2014-18
Geographic Unit:
Census Tract (aggregated to neighborhoods and cities)

Why are these Variables Important to Measure?

Youth in Non-Family Households
A household is defined in the American Community Survey as all the people who occupy a housing unit, which can be a house, an apartment, a mobile home, or any other space that is occupied as separate living quarters. Since households can be occupied by single or multiple families, groups of unrelated people, or single persons, it is important to specify the type of living arrangement that characterizes them. 
Non-family households are those where the householder lives alone or with non-relatives only. Children not related to members of their household by birth or adoption are considered foster children. Foster children are under the age of 21 and placed by the local government in a household to receive parental care, where they can live for up to a period of several years. Understanding the percentage of children living in non-family households helps assess the living conditions of children in a neighborhood, as well as their residential arrangements. This is is essential for the design and provision of services and government programs such as foster care, and to provide for children's educational and health needs. 
Youth in Single-Parent Households
Households where children are living with only one parent can be comprised of solely the parent and children, or include other unrelated inhabitants as well. A household is defined in the American Community Survey as all the people who occupy a housing unit, which can be a house, an apartment, a mobile home, or any other space that is occupied as separate living quarters. Since households can be occupied by single or multiple families, groups of unrelated people, or single persons, it is important to specify the type of living arrangement that characterizes them. 
Understanding the percentage of children living in single parent households helps assess the living conditions of children in a neighborhood, as well as their residential arrangements. This is is essential for the design and provision of services, government programs, and provide for children's educational and health needs. 

Citation:
American Community Survey. 2017 Subject Definitions. Link
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