Race, Ethnicity, and Language Data: Standardization for Health Care Quality Improvement

Table 2-6. Selected Characteristics of the White Population in the United States

White Groups Based on Language Ability Number
(in millions)
Percent of U.S. non-Hispanic White Populationd Percent of U.S. Population Native Born (%) Speak a Language Other Than English at Home and Speak English Less Than "Very Well" (%) Less Than High School Graduationb (%) Poverty Rate (%)
Whites speaking only English at home 175.0a 93.7 66.7 97.9      
Whites speaking Spanish at home 2.7a 1.4 1.0 91.5 46.7c 13.6 11.0
Whites speaking other Indo-European languages at home 8.6a 4.6 3.3 46.5 32.9c 23.8 11.6
Whites speaking Asian and Pacific Islander languages at home 0.4a 0.2 0.1 59.0 26.7c 12.6 10.0
Whites speaking all other languages at home 0.1a 0.03 0.02 61.5 29.4c 19.0 16.8
Total White 186.8a NA 71.2 95.4 41.4 (31.3)c 14.2 8.1
Total U.S. Population 281.4 NA 93.2 88.9 8.1 19.6 12.4

a White non-Hispanic alone and in combination, 5 years of age and older.
b Population 25 and older (186.8 million).
c U.S. Census Bureau, 2003b, 2006b. Calculations using Census data. 41.4 is the White alone population aged 5 and older, and 31.3 is the White alone, not Hispanic or Latino figure.
d 262.4 was used as a denominator for this column (U.S. Census Bureau, 2003b). Source: Grieco, 2001b, and Subcommittee tabulations from the 2000 Public Use Microdata Sample (PUMS).

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Page last reviewed October 2014
Internet Citation: Table 2-6. Selected Characteristics of the White Population in the United States. October 2014. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/research/findings/final-reports/iomracereport/reldatatab2-6.html