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Do You Go to Family Reunions?

AARP Bulletin poll breaks down an American tradition

Family reunions are for reconnecting with kinfolk and sharing family history, recipes and gossip. How many families observe this American tradition and how often? Why do some people skip them or don’t have them at all?

See also: Start building your family tree.

To find out, AARP Bulletin teamed up with the independent research firm of ORC International on a national poll. Here’s what they found.

Family Reunions: To Go or Not to Go

  Ages 18-49 50-plus
How often does your family have reunions?    
Once a year 23% 26%
More than once a year 10 9
Every 2 years 7 7
Every 3-5 years 6 5
Every 6-10 years 3 3
Never 50 49
     
Why don't you go to family reunions? (Choose as many as apply)    
No one organizes it 31% 23%
Can't afford to or don't have time 21 25
Too many disagreements 20 10
No interest 16 12
No living relatives 5 15
Some other reason 20 23

 

The results were taken from a survey of 1,016 adults age 18 and older conducted March 21-25, 2012.

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