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American Community Survey - B09018 RELATIONSHIP TO HOUSEHOLDER FOR CHILDREN UNDER 18 YEARS IN HOUSEHOLDS - 2020: ACS 5-Year Estimates Detailed Tables - Universe: Population under 18 years in households (excluding householders, spouses, and unmarried partners)



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When Was The Data Collected?


Why Was The Data Collected?

"to create estimates about families, households, and other groups, and to present other data at a household level." (source: https://www.census.gov/acs/www/about/why-we-ask-each-question/relationship/)

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When Was The Data Last Updated?


How Was The Data Collected?

Survey, via mail to specific addresses

Who Collected The Data?

American Community Survey (ACS)

Who Owns The Data?

U.S. Census Bureau, Department of Commerce

Who Was Included Or Excluded From The Sample?

3.5 million addresses nationwide are randomly selected each year to respond to the American Community Survey. The sample size indicated below applies to the nationwide size, housing units selected for final interviews.

Notes On Data Quality

Random sampling method of data collection on a rotating basis, participants are legally obligated to answer all questions as accurately as possible. Privacy is protected by the Census Bureau. There is a 90% margin of error.

Notes On Data Usage Conditions

Relationship data is used by various tribal and government agencies to fund programs and services for households that qualify for assistance. (source: https://www.census.gov/acs/www/about/why-we-ask-each-question/relationship/) The data is publicly available and may be used for cross-community comparisons by the public, journalists, educators, businesses, and various government and nonprofit agencies.

How Often Is The Data Refreshed?

The ACS is conducted annually.

What Is The Sample Size?



Are The Variables Clearly Defined?


Has The Data Been Disaggregated?


Why Hasn'T The Data Been Disaggregated?


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What Other Data Could Be Used As A Comparison Point?

Oklahoma DHS may also have relevant data regarding children in foster care. The comparison would be at the county level.

Why Were These Categories Used?

ACS does not explain how it defines or why it uses particular categories, other than to understand household relationships for service and program delivery and funding.

Who Selected The Categories?

American Community Survey and U.S. Census Bureau

Who Is Defining The Categories?

American Community Survey and U.S. Census Bureau

Who Is Defining The Categories?

American Community Survey and U.S. Census Bureau


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