Who Lives Close to their Kin? 40 Years of Change in the U.S.
Amy Spring1, Elizabeth Ackert2, Sarah Roche1, Dionne Parris1, Kyle Crowder3, Nicole Kravitz-Wirtz4
1Georgia State University, 2University of California, Santa Barbara, 3University of Washington, 4University of California, Davis

The majority of Americans maintain close geographic proximity to at least some family members. Still, some scholars insist that institutional sources of support have replaced many core family functions. Proximity to kin is presumably less critical today than in the past, but is that true for everyone? Racially and economically disparate patterns of kin proximity and kin support-exchange behavior suggest that for some groups, kin proximity may be just as salient as ever. To explore this possibility, we employ longitudinal data from the 1980-2017 waves of the Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID). We utilize the multigenerational structure of the PSID in a novel way to map kin relationships between respondents at every interview from 1980 to 2017. Preliminary results suggest that more advantaged groups live farther from kin than less advantaged groups, even while all groups tend to live farther from kin today than in the past.