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The Black Population in the United States: March 1998 (Update)

These tables present data on the demographic, social, and economic characteristics of the Black population in the United States from the March 1998 supplement to the Current Population Survey (CPS). Topics covered include geographic distribution, marital status, educational attainment, family and household type, labor force status, occupational distribution, earnings, family income, and poverty status. Data are presented for the United States, the South, and the combined North and West regions. Tables 1-15 provide data for the Black and the non-Hispanic White populations. A summary table, Table 16, presents data on selected social and economic characteristics of the White population.

A paper version of these tables is available as PPL-103 for $28.40. The previous tabulation package entitled The Black Population in the United States: March 1997 (Update) is also available as PPL-106 for $28.40. To receive a paper copy of one or both of these tabulations, send your request along with a check or money order in the amount of $28.40 for PPL-103, $28.40 for PPL-106, or $56.80 for both, payable to Commerce-Census-88-00-9010, to U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, P.O. Box 277 943, Atlanta, GA, 30384-7943.

NOTE: Percentages are rounded to the nearest tenth of a percent; therefore, the percentages in a distribution do not always add to exactly 100 percent. The totals, however, are always shown as 100. Moreover, individual figures are rounded to the nearest thousand without being adjusted to group totals, which are independently rounded; percentages are based on the unrounded numbers.

Symbols Used in Tables

  • - = Represents zero or rounds to zero.
  • X = Not applicable
  • NA = Not available
  • (S) = Median earnings and standard errors are not shown when the base is less than or equal to 5,000 persons

Source and Accuracy of Estimates

The data shown here (in these tables) are from the March 1998 Current Population Survey. All survey data are subject to sampling variability as well as survey design flaws, respondent classification errors, and data processing mistakes. The Census Bureau has taken steps to minimize errors, and analytical statements have been tested and meet statistical standards. However, because of methodological differences, use caution when comparing these data with data from other sources.

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