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The African American
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Black Stride

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During the 1990s, Blacks outpaced Whites and the general population in growth of Educational Attainment and Household Income. While median household income for African Americans was still just 72% of the US median, it increased 28% over the decade of the 90s. And Blacks are rapidly closing the gap in terms of educational attainment. Seventy-eight percent of those age 25 and older in 2000 were high school graduates (86% of those age 25-29), and 16% had college degrees (18% of those age 25-29). The percentage of high school graduates more than doubled since 1970—and college graduates more than tripled!

The Black population increased by 4.7 million between 1990 and 2000 (15.6%), exceeding the growth rate of the general population (13.2%). More than half (55%) of African Americans continue to live in the South, where that population grew at a faster rate (23%) than either the West, Northeast or Midwest during the decade.

 
     
 
February is Black History Month, a chance to honor the lives and achievements of African Americans. Click the following link for more information. http://www.infoplease.com/spot/bhm1.html

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Black Population Distribution 2000 by State and Region
Source: US Census Bureau; Census 2000; March 2000 Current Population Survey

TOP 5 STATES* BY PERCENT OF POPULATION BLACK (IN MILLIONS)
STATE / D.C.* TOTAL POP BLACK POP % OF POP
Washington D.C. .57 .35 61.3%
Mississippi 2.84 1.04 36.6%
Louisiana 4.47 1.47 32.9%
South Carolina 4.01 1.20 29.9%
Georgia 8.19 2.39 29.2%
Alabama 4.45 1.17 26.3%
BLACK POPULATION BY REGION
REGION % OF POP % SHARE OF
BLACK POP
Northeast 11.4% 17.6%
Midwest 10.1% 18.8%
South 18.9% 54.8%
West 4.9% 8.9%
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Black Educational Attainment and
Median Household Income: 1970-2000

Source: US Census Bureau; Census 2000; March 2000 Current Population Survey

EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT BY DECADE:
BLACK & WHITE COMPARED
MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME GROWTH
BY DECADE: BLACK & WHITE COMPARED
EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT
ATTAINMENT 1970 1980 1990 2000
HS Grad (White) 57% 71% 79% 85%
HS Grad (Black) 34% 51% 66% 78%
College Grad (White) 12% 18% 22% 26%
College Grad (Black) 5% 8% 11% 17%
MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME
  1970 1980 1990 2000
White $36K $38K $41K $45K
Black $22K $22K $25K $31K
INCOME IN 2001 ADJUSTED DOLLARS
 
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