U.S. Population Ethnicity, Race, Gender, Income

What is the size of the U.S. population? For  2000 census data by state, go to USA Today.


Source: Time, 30 October 2006.

Tables with U.S. population characteristics on this page:
Geographic regions & by country of immigrants admitted
Foreign-born as a percentage of national populations for selected countries
Arab-Americans
European ancestry groups
Gender

Racial groups ranked by metropolitan areas
Percent of U.S. racial groups
Average household income distribution


Geographic Regions of  Immigrants Admitted (1990)
and Largest Number of Immigrants by Country (1995) (in thousands)

Europe

112.4

Ex-Soviet Union

54.5

Asia

338.6

Philippines
Vietnam
China

51.0
41.8
35.5
Canada and Central America 957.6

Mexico
Dominican Rep.

89.9
35.5
South America 85.8
Africa 35.9*
other regions 6.3

total

1,536,483
*Foreign-born blacks, particularly Africans, are the most educated group in the United States: 75 percent have some college education; 25 percent have advanced degrees. Consequently, African immigrants have an average per-person income of $15,000 per year while the U.S. population has an average per-person income of $8,000 per year. Two or more wage earners per household are more common among African and other black (Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, Haiti, etc.) immigrant families as well -- 61 percent in that population versus 45 percent in the U.S. population.

 

The newly arrived immigrants use public assistance 35 percent
more than natives and pay 32 percent less taxes during their life times; hence, the negative numbers in the first column of the above table. But the descendants of these immigrants contribute substantially in taxes and the economy; hence, the second column has such high positive values.
Source: The Economist, 29 Nov. 1997, p. 81.

Foreign-born as a percentage of national populations,
for selected countries

Country Percent
Australia

22.7

Switzerland

18.5

Canada

16.1

USA

8.7

Ancestry Groups, 1990

Group Percent
Scottish

2.2

Scotch-Irish

2.3

Dutch

2.5

Scandinavian

2.9

Polish

3.8

Italian

5.9

English

13.5

Irish

16

German

23

Racial Groups by Metropolitan Area, 1990
(percent of metropolitan area
)

Blacks

Hispanics

Indians

Asians

41

Memphis

70

El Paso

6.8

Tulsa

63

Honolulu

34

New Orleans

48

San Antonio

4.8

Oklahoma City

14.8

San Francisco

30

Charleston

36

Fresno

3.0

Tucson

9.2

Los Angeles

29

Baton Rouge

33

Miami

1.8

Phoenix

8.6

Fresno

29

Richmond 33 Los Angeles

1.3

Bakersfield

7.9

San Diego

28

Norfolk-Virginia
Beach -Newport News

28

Bakersfield

1.1

Sacramento

7.7

Sacramento

27

Birmingham

25

Tucson

1.1

Fresno

6.4

Seattle

26

Washington, DC

21

Austin

1.1

Wichita

5.2

Washington

26

Atlanta

21

Houston

0.9

Portland

4.8

New York City

26

Baltimore

16

Phoenix

0.9

Las Vegas

3.6

Houston

For the rank of these and other characteristics for the "top" 77 cities, see the U.S. Bureau of the Census web site.


Source: Time, 30 October 2006.


Source: Time, 30 October 2006.

In 2000, half of us earn less than $30,000 a year, 90% less than $100,000. To get an idea of how we value our values, Howard Stern earns every 24 seconds what takes a cop or a teacher about a week. Parents hoping to persuade their children to buckle down in school might try this: as an adult, the more you know the less you'll have to work. Those with a high school degree or less spend far more of their time on the job than those with a college degree or beyond. Source: Time, 30 October 2006.

 

Created by Ingolf Vogeler on 30 April 1996; last revised on 02/01/10.