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Table 2-3: Selected Characteristics of the Black Population in the Uni

Race, Ethnicity, and Language Data: Standardization for Health Care Qu

Table 2-3. Selected Characteristics of the Black Population in the United States

Black GroupsNumbera
(in millions)
Percent of U.S. Black PopulationPercent of U.S. PopulationNative Born (%)Speak a Language Other Than English at Home and Speak English Less Than "Very Well" (%)Less Than High School Graduationb (%)Poverty Rate (%)
African-American24.567.08.699.0c24.323.2
Afro-Caribbean1.64.40.630.4c27.615.5
African1.54.20.568.334.2c21.222.3
Other or no ancestry reported9.024.53.191.0 38.829.8
Total Black36.6100.012.892.836.1c27.7d24.3
Total U.S. population285.212.8NA88.98.119.612.4
Blacks speaking Spanish at home1.54.00.578.737.5c32.330.1
Blacks speaking other Indo-European languages at home0.92.50.339.638.5c31.120.3
Blacks speaking Asian and Pacific Islander languages at home0.060.20.0267.729.8c21.116.7
Blacks speaking all other languages at home0.060.20.0255.828.4c22.428.7

a Black race alone and in combination.
b Population 25 and older (20.8 million).
c U.S. Census Bureau, 2006b. Calculations using Census data. Black race alone. Population 5 years and older.
d U.S. Census Bureau, 2006a. Calculations using Census data.

Source: McKinnon and Bennett, 2005, and Subcommittee tabulations from the 2000 Public Use Microdata Sample (PUMS).

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Internet Citation: Table 2-3: Selected Characteristics of the Black Population in the Uni: Race, Ethnicity, and Language Data: Standardization for Health Care Qu. March 2010. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/research/findings/final-reports/iomracereport/reldatatab2-3.html