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Black/African American 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.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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: Black (African-American) History Month: February 2014

Status of African Americans in Kentucky

  • The graduation rate of African American students is 11% lower than the white rate and 24% lower than the Asian graduation rate.
  • According to the recent data, the dropout rate in 2008 was 2.9% for white students, 6.1% for African-Americans and 6% for Hispanic students.
  • There is a severe shortage of minority teachers in Kentucky public schools. Kentucky has only 4.5% (3.7%)

Source: Status of African Americans in Kentucky

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