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American Community Survey Data Iterated by Race, Hispanic origin, Ancestry and Age

The U.S. Census Bureauís American Community Survey (ACS) provides the latest detailed look at the nationís rapidly changing and diverse population with the release of new population profiles by race, Hispanic origin, ancestry and age.

The 2005 ACS data provide key socioeconomic and housing characteristics for about 200 selected population groups at the national and state levels. They allow for easy comparisons across groups and access to a range of data from age, marital status and fertility, to language spoken at home and educational attainment.
Selected highlights include:

White Alone, Not Hispanic

* The median age for non-Hispanic whites was 40.4 years.

* Married-couple families comprised nearly 53 percent of non-Hispanic white households.* Additionally, 9 percent of households were maintained by a woman with no husband present and 28 percent in which the householder lived alone.*

* About 2.4 million non-Hispanic white women between the ages of 15 and 50 gave birth in the year prior to the survey ó 78 percent of those were married.*

* Nearly 6 percent of the non-Hispanic white household population age five years and over spoke a language other than English at home.

* Among non-Hispanic whites age 25 and over, 89 percent were at least high school graduates and 30 percent had a bachelorís degree or higher.

Black or African-American Alone

* The median age for black or African-American was 31.3 years.*

* Married-couple families comprised nearly 29 percent of black or African-American households. About 30 percent of households were maintained by a woman with no husband present and in 31 percent the householder lived alone.

* About 600,000 black or African-American women between the ages of 15 and 50 gave birth in the year prior to the survey ó 35 percent of those were married.

* About 7 percent of the black or African-American household population five years and over spoke a language other than English at home.

* Among blacks or African-Americans ages 25 and over, 80 percent were at least high school graduates and 17 percent had a bachelorís degree or higher.

American Indian and Alaska Native Alone

* The median age for American Indian and Alaska Natives was 31.9 years.

* Married-couple families comprised about 40 percent of American Indian and Alaska Native households. About 20 percent of households were maintained by a woman with no husband present and in 25 percent the householder lived alone.

* About 44,000 American Indian and Alaska Native women between the ages of 15 and 50 gave birth in the year prior to the survey ó 48 percent of those were married.

* About 26 percent of the American Indian and Alaska Native household population five years and over spoke a language other than English at home.

* Among American Indian and Alaska Natives age 25 and over, 76 percent were at least high school graduates and about 14 percent had a bachelorís degree or higher.

Asian Alone

* The median age for Asians was 35.1 years.

* Married-couple families comprised about 59 percent of Asian households. Among the Asian households, 9 percent were maintained by a woman with no husband present and 20 percent in which the householder lived alone.*

* About 218,000 Asian women between the ages of 15 and 50 gave birth in the year prior to the survey ó 89 percent of those were married.

* Nearly 76 percent of the Asian household population five years and over spoke a language other than English at home.

* Among Asians age 25 and over, nearly 86 percent were at least high school graduates and 49 percent had a bachelorís degree or higher.

(These tables can also be viewed for many ancestries within population groups, such as Japanese. Among Japanese age 25 and over, 93 percent were at least high school graduates and 44 percent had a bachelorís degree or higher.)

Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander Alone

* The median age for Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islanders was 30.6 years.*

* Married-couple families comprised 50 percent of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander households.* Among the Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander households, about 15 percent were maintained by a woman with no husband present and in 20 percent the householder lived alone.

* About 7,000 Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander women between the ages of 15 and 50 gave birth in the year prior to the survey, 77 percent of whom were married.*

* About 40 percent of the Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander household population five years and over spoke a language other than English at home.

* Among Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islanders age 25 and over, 83 percent were at least high school graduates and 15 percent had a bachelorís degree or higher.

Hispanic

* The median age for Hispanics was 27.2 years.

* Married-couple families comprised 49 percent of Hispanic households.* Among Hispanic households, 19 percent were maintained by a woman with no husband present and in about 16 percent the householder lived alone.

* About 900,000 Hispanic women between the ages of 15 and 50 gave birth in the year prior to the survey, 66 percent of whom were married.

* About 78 percent of the Hispanic household population five years and over spoke a language other than English at home.

* About 60 percent of Hispanics ages 25 and over were at least high school graduates and 12 percent had a bachelorís degree or higher. Among Cubans age 25 and over, 73 percent were at least high school graduates and 24 percent had a bachelorís degree or higher.

For more information on how your community compares with the nation, a state or another city, county or congressional district, visit American FactFinder at www.census.gov.
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As part of the Census Bureauís reengineered 2010 Census, the data collected by the ACS helps federal officials determine where to distribute more than $200 billion back to state and local governments each year, and responses to the survey are strictly confidential and protected by law.

The 2005 ACS estimates are based on an annual, nationwide household sample of about 250,000 addresses per month, or 2.5 percent of the population a year. Geographic areas for which data are available are based on total populations of 65,000 or more. The ACS estimates released are for the household population, which may be smaller than its total population. As is the case with all surveys, statistics from sample surveys are subject to sampling and nonsampling error.

* Implied comparisons: Providing the estimates of the same characteristics for each of the race groups is an implied comparison, and these have to be tested for statistical significance. These are the implied comparisons that need some statement of significance: Median Age: Black (31.3) and Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander (30.6) are not significantly different. Percent Married Couple: White non-Hispanic (53) and Hispanic (49) are not significantly different from Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander (50). Percent Female Householder no Husband present: Asian (9) and White non-Hispanic (9) are significantly different even though they round to the same value. Percent women with a birth who are married: White non-Hispanic (78) and Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander (77) are not significantly different.



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