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Census Bureau Releases First Look at African-American
Population Since Census 2000
Report Released by Census Director at Black Mayors Annual Conference in Houston
HOUSTON — About 80 percent of African-Americans have earned at least a
high school diploma and 65 percent are in the labor force, according to a
report released today by the Commerce Department's Census Bureau. The
report also shows that 52 percent of African-American married couples had
incomes of $50,000 or more in 2001.
Census Bureau Director C. Louis Kincannon said, "This report is being
released to coincide with the gathering in Houston this week of the
nation's African-American mayors. It is the first look since Census 2000
at the demographic and socioeconomic state of blacks in America. We hope
it will be the subject of much serious discussion by the mayors."
The report, The Black Population in the United States: March 2002, [PDF 70.6Kb]
presents the latest tabulations on such characteristics as geographic and
age distribution, marital status, family type and size, educational
attainment, labor force participation, occupation, income and poverty.
— Twenty-seven percent of African-American married-couple families had
incomes of $75,000 or more in 2001.
— African-American women participated in the labor force at a slightly
higher rate (62 percent) than their non-Hispanic white counterparts (60
percent). On the other hand, African-American men were somewhat less
likely than non-Hispanic white males to participate in the labor force 68
percent versus 73 percent.
— For African-American men, the most common occupational category was
operator, fabricator and laborer, in which 28 percent were employed.
About 19 percent each worked in three other occupational categories:
technical, sales and administrative support jobs; service occupations; and
managerial and professional specialty jobs.
— Among African-American women, 36 percent worked in technical, sales
and administrative support jobs and about 27 percent each in managerial
and professional specialty jobs and in service occupations.
— African-American women age 25 and over were more likely than their
male counterparts to have earned at least a bachelor's degree (18 percent
versus 16 percent). (See Figure 6 in report.)
— African-Americans have larger families than non-Hispanic whites.
For example, 20 percent of African-American married-couple families
consisted of five or more members, compared with 12 percent of their
non-Hispanic white counterparts.
— Nearly one-half (48 percent) of all African-American families were
married-couple families; for non-Hispanic white families, the
corresponding figure was 82 percent.
— African-Americans were less likely than non-Hispanic whites to be
currently married (35 percent compared with 57 percent).
— The majority of African-Americans (55 percent) resided in the South.
The findings are from the annual demographic supplement to the March
2002 Current Population Survey. As in all surveys, the data are subject to
sampling variability and other sources of error.