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Table 2-6: Selected Characteristics of the White Population in the Uni

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

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

White Groups Based on Language AbilityNumber
(in millions)
Percent of U.S. non-Hispanic White PopulationdPercent 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 (%)
Whites speaking only English at home175.0a93.766.797.9   
Whites speaking Spanish at home2.7a1.41.091.546.7c13.611.0
Whites speaking other Indo-European languages at home8.6a4.63.346.532.9c23.811.6
Whites speaking Asian and Pacific Islander languages at home0.4a0.20.159.026.7c12.610.0
Whites speaking all other languages at home0.1a0.030.0261.529.4c19.016.8
Total White186.8aNA71.295.441.4 (31.3)c14.28.1
Total U.S. Population281.4NA93.288.98.119.612.4

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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Internet Citation: Table 2-6: Selected Characteristics of the White 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/reldatatab2-6.html