Natasha Pilkauskas' research on "Historical Trends in Children Living in Multigenerational Households in the United States: 1870–2018" has been selected as the 2020 winner of the IPUMS Research Award.
Pilkauskas and her co-authors used decennial census and ACS data from IPUMS-USA to show the prevalence of multigenerational households has risen since 1980, and are now almost as common as they were in at the peak in the mid-twentieth century. The authors demonstrate that racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic differences in multigenerational living arrangements expanded greatly over the course of the past 150 years.
IPUMS is a part of the Institute for Social Research and Data Innovation at the University of Minnesota. IPUMS provides census and survey data from around the world integrated across time and space. IPUMS integration and documentation allows scholars to study change, conduct comparative research, merge information across data types, and analyze individuals within family and community context. In collaboration with 105 national statistical agencies, nine national archives, and three genealogical organizations, IPUMS has created the world’s largest accessible database of census microdata.