January 28, 2021
During Black History Month, which has been officially celebrated every February since 1976, we recognize the accomplishments of Black Americans. This year, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History made family the theme of its Black History Month celebration. As we honor the past, we offer a snapshot of facts about Black families’ experience in America today based on the latest research from the Pew Research Center, U.S. Census Bureau, and National Bureau of Economic Research.
In comparison, 60% of the U.S. population is non-Hispanic White, 18% is Hispanic, 7% is Asian American, and 2% is American Indian or Alaska Native. Learn more.
In comparison, 53% of all American adults say religion is very important in their lives. Learn more.
In comparison, 77% of all Americans said the same. Learn more.
In comparison, 65% of the total U.S. adult population owned their home in 2019. Learn more.
In comparison, 6% of all American children did not have internet at home. Learn more.
In comparison, 33% of all Americans age 25 and older had a bachelor's degree or higher in 2019. Learn more.
In comparison, 11% of the total U.S. population lived in poverty. Learn more.
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Family life looks much different for those ages 25 to 40 than for previous generations