Date: Tue, 28 Feb 1995 16:26:48 -0800
Subject: New Comprehensive African American Report (02/23/95)
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From the Census Bureau gopher...
"New Comprehensive African American Report" (2/23/95)
EMBARGOED UNTIL: FEB. 23, 1995 (THURSDAY)
Public Information Office, CB95-40, (REVISED)
301-457-2794, 301-457-4067 (TDD)
Claudette Bennett, 301-457-2402

NEW CENSUS BUREAU AFRICAN AMERICAN REPORT MOST COMPREHENSIVE IN 20 YEARS


Two reports released today by the Commerce Department's Census Bureau present its most comprehensive statistical portrait of the nation's African American population since the 1970s--everything from family, household types, marital status and education, to employment, earnings, income, poverty, and housing.

The reports, "The Black Population in the United States: March 1994 and 1993" (P20-480), from the Current Population Survey (CPS), and "Characteristics of the Black Population: 1990" (CP-3-6), drawn from the 1990 Census of Population and Housing, were formally released at a news conference held by the Census Bureau and the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies. Both reports present data at the national level; the 1990 census report also shows data for 17 states and 13 metropolitan areas with the largest African American populations.

Together, the reports provide demographic analysts and policymakers with the most extensive statistical description by the Census Bureau in nearly 20 years of the nation's African American population, estimated at nearly 13 percent, or 33 million, of the total population in 1994. The reports' findings emphasize the importance of full-time employment, educational attainment, and family composition for the social and economic conditions of African American families.

Among the reports' findings are:


Editor's note: EMBARGOED UNTIL: FEB. 23, 1995 (THURSDAY) -
limited copies of the two reports are available to media representatives from the bureau's Public Information Office by telephone: 301-457-2794; fax: 301-457-3670; or e-mail: pio@census.gov.

Non-media orders will be filled by the bureau's Customer Services Branch on 301-457-4100; fax: 301-457-3842.