Contributed by Olga Vanucci.
- There are about 48 million African-Americans, which is nearly 15% of the U.S. population.
- 74% of blacks say that being black is important to how they think about themselves.
- There are 14.8 million black households; 6.1 million of them own their homes, 8.7 million rent.
- About 20% of blacks have a college degree and over 50% of blacks have attended college.
- 2.1 million blacks have advanced degrees (master, PhD, JD or MD).
- 15% of blacks have annual household incomes over $100k; 40% have incomes between $35k and $100k; 25% have incomes between $15k and $35k; 20% of black families live in poverty (current US poverty threshold is $25,100).
- 6.2 million blacks work in management, professional and related occupations, including 960,000 working in education and 250,000 in the arts; 4.6 million work in service occupations; 4.3 million work in sales and office occupations; 4.2 million work in production, transportation, construction and maintenance.
- There are some 90,000 black doctors and 73,000 black lawyers.
- There are 2.6 million black-owned businesses.
- There are 53 blacks in the U.S. House of Representatives and 3 black senators.
- There has been 1 black U.S. President.