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Saturday, 31st January 2009

Fast Facts: Black (African-American) History Month: February 2009

A new compilation of facts from the U.S. Census. Here's a small sample of what you'll find:

40.7 million

As of July 1, 2007, the estimated population of black residents in the United States, including those of more than one race. They made up 13.5 percent of the total U.S. population. This figure represents an increase of more than half a million residents from one year earlier.


Number of states or equivalents in which blacks are the largest minority group. These include Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

2.4 million

Number of single-race black military veterans in the United States in 2007. More military veterans are black than any other minority group.


Among single-race blacks 25 and older, the proportion who had at least a high school diploma in 2007.

Direct to Fact Sheet (6 pages; PDF)

Source: U.S. Census


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