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General Makeup of the U.S. Black Population

According to the 2011–2015 American Community Survey 5‐Year Estimates: Those who identify as one race, African American, make up 12.6 percent of the U.S. population.

Those who identify as African American alone or in combination with one or more other races make up 13.8 percent of the U.S. population (U.S. Census Bureau, 2011–2015, Table: DP05).

Among African Americans, 19.5 percent have a bachelor’s degree, compared with 29.8 percent of the general U.S. population (U.S. Census Bureau, 2011–2015, Table: S1501).

The median age of African Americans in the United States is 33.2 (U.S. Census Bureau, 2011–2015, Table: B01002B), compared with the general population’s median age of 37.6 (U.S. Census Bureau, 2011–2015, Table: S0101).

The median household earnings in the past 12 months for African Americans were $35,695, compared with $53,889 among the general population (U.S. Census Bureau, 2011–2015, Table: S1903).

Renters account for 57.6 percent of African Americans (U.S. Census Bureau, 2011– 2015, Table: B25003B), compared with 36.1 percent of the general population (U.S. Census Bureau, 2011–2015, Table: B25003).


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