H. C. Covington (ach1@sprynet.com)
Mon, 10 Aug 1998 09:45:10 -0500

Kymberly DeBarros/
Claudette Bennett

              Black Population Surpasses 34 Million,
                      Census Bureau Reports

African Americans numbered about 34.2 million in 1997, making up 12.8
percent of the total U.S. population, according to tabulations released
today by the Commerce Department's Census Bureau.


The report, The Black Population in the United States: March 1997
(Update), P20-508, includes data on characteristics of the African
American population such as marital status, educational attainment and
income. Some highlights:

- In 1997, there were about 8.5 million African American families, 46
percent of whom were married-couple families.

- About 74 percent of African Americans 25 years old and over had at
least a high school education; about 14 percent had at least a bachelor's

- In 1996, African American families had a real median income of $26,520.

- The income of 2.1 million African American families (26 percent)  was
below the poverty level.

Data are from the March supplement to the 1997 Current Population Survey.
As in all surveys, the data are subject to sampling variability and other
sources of error.

H. C. Sonny Covington  at  I CAN America
Community Based Resource Consultants
125 S. Buchanan Street - Lafayette, LA  70501
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