The number of grandparents in America is growing

By Angeli Kakade, Buzz60

If you've noticed your grandparents spending a lot more time playing bridge, it might be because they have more people to play with. There's more grandparents in the U.S. now than ever before, according to The New York Times.

Data from the Census Bureau reveals 4.4 million more grandparents in 2016 than in 2014. Looking back even further, the grandparent population has grown 24 percent in the last 16 years thanks to those baby boomers getting older.

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Still, despite the growing numbers, some experts think the number is small. A sociologist at Bowling Green State University said, "We would expect more people reporting to be grandparents because of the aging of the population."

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Pierce Brosnan has been a grandparent since 1998.

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Whoopi Goldberg is a grandma extraordinaire, as her first granddaughter was born when Whoopi was only 34. 

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Former quarterback Brett Favre became a grandfather while he was still active in the NFL. 

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Jim Carrey has been doting on his grandson since 2010. 

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Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne's son, Jack, has given them two granddaughters. 

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Donny Osmond has six grandchildren, with his first being born in 2005.

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Nicolas Cage became a grandfather in 2014. 

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Tony Danza has been a grandfather for about 10 years now. 

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Cee Lo Green became a grandfather at age 35 when his step-daughter had a baby boy. 

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Kiefer Sutherland has been a grandfather since 2005. 

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Charlie Sheen welcomed his first granddaughter in 2013. 

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Harrison Ford has been a grandfather since 1993.

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However, Census Bureau projections have fertility on the decline by 2050 because Tinder isn't exactly drawing out the committed type -- which means there will be more people over the age of 65 than under 18.

Not to mention, these over 65 year olds might not be grandparents if their children aren't having children of their own.

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