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About 6 in 10 people reporting as Black or African American, alone or in combination with other races, resided in 10 states where nearly half the U.S. population lived last year, according to new Census 2000 analysis released today by the Commerce Department's Census Bureau.
The Black Population: 2000, one in a series of Census 2000 briefs, shows that 36.4 million people, or 12.9 percent of the total population, reported as Black or African American. This number includes 34.7 million, or 12.3 percent, who reported as Black alone, in addition to 1.8 million, or 0.6 percent, who reported as Black in combination with one or more other races.
The 10 states where 60 percent of African Americans resided were: New York, California, Texas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, North Carolina, Maryland, Michigan and Louisiana. Five of these had more than 2 million Blacks each: New York, California, Texas, Florida and Georgia.
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Census 2000 data on race are not directly comparable with data from the 1990 census or earlier censuses because in 2000, for the first time, respondents could report one or more races.
Additional Census 2000 briefs will be released over the next several months on other races and on topics such as age, sex and housing. A listing of Census 2000 briefs can be found on the Census Bureau's Web site at <www.census.gov/population/www/cen2000/briefs.html>.