The Black Population in the United States: March 1996 (Update)

June 1997
Report Number: P20-498
Claudette Bennett

Detailed tabulations are now available which provide statistics on the civilian noninstitutional Black population of the United States, based on the March 1996 Current Population Survey.  These tables provide information such as:

  • In 1996, the Black population was estimated at 33.9 million persons and represented 12.8 percent of the total population.
  • There were 8.1 million Black families in 1996; of these 3.7 million or 46 percent were married-couple families.
  • In 1996, about three-fourths (74 percent) of all Black persons 25 years of age and older had at least a high school education; about 14 percent had at least a bachelor’s degree.
  • Black families had a real median income of$25,970 in 1995.
  • In 1995, the median earnings of Black women and men working year-round, full-time were $20,670 and $24,430,  respectively, for a female-to-male earnings ratio of 0.85.
  • In 1995, 2.1 million, or 26 percent, of Black families had income below the poverty level.
March 1997
October 1997