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Blacks: Demographics

  • There are 36.8 million Blacks in America, representing 12.8 percent of the total population.

  • Twenty-five percent of the U.S. Black population lives in these three states: New York, Florida, and Georgia.

  • Blacks make up over 25 percent of the total population in the following states: Mississippi, Louisiana, South Carolina, Georgia, Maryland, and Alabama.

  • Native-born Blacks comprise 92 percent of the total Black population. Blacks from Africa and Latin America make up the rest.

  • The percentage of Blacks living in poverty was 26 percent, double the national average of 12.6 percent.

  • More than 2 million Black children, ages five years and older, speak a language other than English at home.

Visit the U.S. Census Bureau's American Factfinder for the most up-to-date information.


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