ERIC Number: ED351433
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
The Black Population in the United States: March 1991.
Bennett, Claudette E.
Current Population Reports, Series P20-464
This report presents a statistical portrait of the demographic, social, and economic characteristics of blacks, based primarily on the March 1991 Supplement to the Current Population Survey (CPS). Topics covered include population growth, marital status, family type and distribution, living arrangements of children, fertility, education, employment, unemployment, family income, earnings, and poverty status. The report also includes an overall summary of some of the social and economic changes in the black family since 1950. Data are presented on the characteristics of the black family from the 1950 and 1960 decennial censuses and the March Supplements to the CPS covering the period 1970 to 1991. The initial sections of the report examine population growth, social characteristics, and economic characteristics, with detailed explanations of 17 tables and 5 figures. The bulk of the document is composed of 15 detailed tables. The following are selected highlights of the findings: (1) the black population had a median age of 28 years in 1991 compared with 24.8 years in 1980; (2) in 1960, 60 percent of black women 15 years and over were married, but by 1991 that percentage had declined to 38 percent; (3) 32 percent of all blacks were poor in 1990, as opposed to 39 percent in 1967; and (4) in 1990, 29 percent of black families were poor. Appendixes contain definitions and explanations, information on the source and accuracy of estimates, facsimiles of the March 1991 CPS questionnaires, and a list of Current Population Reports on the black population published from 1970 to the present. (JB)
Descriptors: Black Employment, Black Family, Black Population Trends, Census Figures, Demography, Economic Factors, Family Characteristics, Family Income, National Surveys, Population Distribution, Population Growth, Poverty, Social Characteristics, Socioeconomic Status, Tables (Data)
Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Bureau of the Census (DOC), Suitland, MD. Population Div.