The elements of the carbon family belong to Group 14. They are:

  1. C
  2. Si
  3. Ge
  4. Sn
  5. Pb
The electronic configuration of the carbon family in general is: ns2 np2.
Carbon shows the property of catenation, meaning the ability to form bonds with atoms of the same element. Tis property allows carbon to form chains of carbon-carbon compounds.