Just the Facts!

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.

Sources:  https://blackdemographics.com/

and https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2019/02/08/for-the-fifth-time-in-a-row-the-new-congress-is-the-most-racially-and-ethnically-diverse-ever/

and  https://www.bls.gov/cps/cpsaat11.htm

and https://www.pewsocialtrends.org/2019/04/09/the-role-of-race-and-ethnicity-in-americans-personal-lives/

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