African-American History Month – By the Numbers

February African-American History Month, and the U.S. Census Bureau has compiled some facts to help kick off this month of record and remembrance.

For starters, the black population, either alone or in combination with one or more other races, was 46.3 million on July 1, 2015. This is up about 1.3 percent from July 1, 2014.

Census projects that this population will reach 74.5 million on July 1, 2060. The black population will then constitute 17.9 percent of the nation’s total population.

In New York alone the black population was 3.8 million on July 1, 2015. This is the largest of any state or equivalent.

Texas had the largest numeric increase since July 1, 2014 (94,000). The District of Columbia had the highest percentage (50.0 percent), followed by Mississippi (38.3 percent).

Business, and Service

As of 2014 there were 108,473 black-owned employer firms in the U.S.

Of these, there were an estimated 31,216 black-owned health care and social assistance firms, the largest sector of black-owned businesses.

The health care and social assistance sector is followed by professional, scientific and technical support (15,078) and administrative, support, waste management and remediation services (9,644).

The number of black military veterans in the United States was 2.2 million in 2015.

Of course, there’s much more to the African-American experience than these numbers could possibly tell. This is why the nation has devoted a whole month to the subject.

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