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U.S. Census Bureau Facts for Features: Black (African-American) History Month: February 2014

WASHINGTON, Jan. 16, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- To commemorate and celebrate the contributions to our nation made by people of African descent, American historian Carter G. Woodson established Black History Week. The first celebration occurred on Feb. 12, 1926. For many years, the second week of February was set aside for this celebration to coincide with the birthdays of abolitionist/editor Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. In 1976, as part of the nation's bicentennial, the week was expanded into Black History Month. Each year, U.S. presidents proclaim February as National African-American History Month.

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Note: The reference to the black population in this publication is to single-race blacks ("black alone") except in the first section on "Population." In that section the reference is to black alone or in combination with other races; a reference to respondents who said they were one race (black) or more than one race (black plus other races).

Population
44.5 million
The number of blacks, either alone or in combination with one or more other races, on July 1, 2012, up 1.0 percent from July 1, 2011.
Source: Population Estimates
http://factfinder2.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/PEP/2012/PEPSR5H?slice=Year~est72012

77.4 million
The projected black, either alone or in combination, population of the United States (including those of more than one race) for July 1, 2060. On that date, according to the projection, blacks would constitute 18.4 percent of the nation's total population.
Source: Population projections Table 4 and 5 http://www.census.gov/population/projections/data/national/2012/summarytables.html          

3.7 million
The black population in New York, which led all states as of July 1, 2012. Texas had the largest numeric increase since 2011 (87,000). The District of Columbia had the highest percentage of blacks (51.6 percent), followed by Mississippi (38.0 percent).
Source: Population Estimates
http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/population/cb13-112.html

1.3 million  
Cook County, Ill. (Chicago) had the largest black population of any county in 2012 (1.3 million), and Harris, Texas (Houston) had the largest numeric increase since 2011 (20,000). Holmes, Miss., was the county with the highest percentage of blacks in the nation (83.1 percent).
Source: Population Estimates 
http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/population/cb13-112.html

Serving Our Nation
2.4 million 
Number of black military veterans in the United States in 2012.
Source: 2012 American Community Survey
http://factfinder2.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ACS/12_1YR/C21001B

Education
83.2%
The percentage of blacks 25 and older with a high school diploma or higher in 2012.
Source: 2012 American Community Survey
http://factfinder2.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ACS/12_1YR/S0201//popgroup~004

18.7%
The percentage of blacks 25 and older who had a bachelor's degree or higher in 2012.
Source: 2012 American Community Survey
http://factfinder2.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ACS/12_1YR/S0201//popgroup~004

1.6 million
Among blacks 25 and older, the number who had an advanced degree in 2012.
Source: 2012 American Community Survey
http://factfinder2.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ACS/12_1YR/B15002B

3.7 million
Number of blacks enrolled in college in 2012 compared with 2.9 million in 2007, a 28 percent increase.
Source: 2012 American Community Survey
http://factfinder2.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ACS/12_1YR/B14007B/0100000US 
http://factfinder2.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ACS/07_1YR/B14001B/0100000US

Voting
17.8 million
The number of blacks who voted in the 2012 presidential election. In comparison to the 2008 election, about 1.7 million additional black voters reported going to the polls in 2012.
Source: The Diversifying Electorate — Voting Rates by Race and Hispanic Origin 2012 http://www.census.gov/prod/2013pubs/p20-568.pdf

66.2%
Percent of blacks who voted in the 2012 presidential election, higher than the 64.1 percent of non-Hispanic whites who did so. This marks the first time that blacks have voted at a higher rate than whites since the Census Bureau started publishing statistics on voting by the eligible citizen population in 1996.
Source: The Diversifying Electorate — Voting Rates by Race and Hispanic Origin 2012 http://www.census.gov/prod/2013pubs/p20-568.pdf

Income, Poverty and Health Insurance
$33,321
The annual median income of black households in 2012, compared with the nation at $51,017.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2012, P60-245 Table 1
http://www.census.gov/hhes/www/income/data/historical/household/

27.2%
Poverty rate in 2012 for blacks, while nationally it was 15.0 percent.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2012
http://www.census.gov/hhes/www/poverty/data/incpovhlth/2012/table3.pdf

81.0%
Percentage of blacks that were covered by health insurance during all or part of 2012. Nationally, 84.6 percent of all races were covered by health insurance.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2012
http://www.census.gov/hhes/www/cpstables/032013/health/h01_000.htm

Families and Children
61.8% 
Among households with a black householder, the percentage that contained a family in 2013. There were 9.8 million black family households.
Source: 2013 Current Population Survey, Families and Living Arrangements, Table HH-1 and F1 http://www.census.gov/hhes/families/data/cps2013H.html

45.7%
Among families with black householders, the percentage that were married couples in 2013.
Source: 2013 Current Population Survey, Families and Living Arrangements, Table F1
http://www.census.gov/hhes/families/data/cps2013F.html

1.3 million
Number of black grandparents who lived with their own grandchildren younger than 18 in 2012. Of this number, 47.6 percent were also responsible for their care.
Source: 2012 American Community Survey
http://factfinder2.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ACS/12_1YR/B10051B

Jobs
28.1%
The percentage of civilian employed blacks 16 and older who worked in management, business, science and arts occupations, while 36.1 percent of the total population worked in these occupations.
Source: 2012 American Community Survey
http://factfinder2.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ACS/12_1YR/S0201//popgroup~004 http://factfinder2.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ACS/12_1YR/S0201

Following is a list of observances typically covered by the Census Bureau's Facts for Features series:

African-American History Month (February)

Labor Day

Super Bowl                                            

Grandparents Day

Valentine's Day (Feb. 14)                       

Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15)

Women's History Month (March)              

Unmarried and Single Americans Week

Irish-American Heritage Month (March)/            

Halloween (Oct. 31)

  St. Patrick's Day (March 17)                     

American Indian/Alaska Native Heritage Month

Earth Day (April 22)                                 

(November) 

Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month (May)       

Veterans Day (Nov. 11)        

Older Americans Month (May)                   

Thanksgiving Day                                              

Cinco de Mayo (May 5)                             

The Holiday Season (December)      

Mother's Day                       


Hurricane Season Begins (June 1)                  


Father's Day             


The Fourth of July (July 4)


Anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act (July 26)


Back to School (August)        


Editor's note: The preceding data were collected from a variety of sources and may be subject to sampling variability and other sources of error. Facts for Features are customarily released about two months before an observance in order to accommodate magazine production timelines. Questions or comments should be directed to the Census Bureau's Public Information Office: telephone: 301-763-3030; fax: 301-763-3762; or e-mail: pio@census.gov.

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