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8 Oct 2013

Census: More blacks in school than whites

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October 8, 2013 Category: Stateside Posted by:

A review of 2012 census data indicates that 31 percent of African-Americans are in school, compared with 23 percent of whites.


By Jonathan P. Hicks

BET News


A review of recent data by the United States Census Department indicates that a greater percentage of African-American school-aged children are in school than the percentage of white students in comparable age groups.


The review of the data, published by the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education, reveals that there were nearly 12 million African-American students enrolled at all levels of education. 


That represented 31.4 percent of the national Black population over the age of 3.


That compares with slightly less than 23 percent of the white population of school-aged students over 3.


The figures reflect date compiled by the Census Bureau in 2012.


With regard to college school enrollment, the same trend applies, according to the census figures. They indicate that 8 percent of the African-American population nationally was in college or graduate school. 


That compares with 6.2 percent of the white population, the census figures stated.


There was a sharp difference in gender when it came to African-Americans enrolled in college, however. The census figures indicated that 1.8 million Black women were enrolled in college, compared with 1.1 million Black men. 


Black women accounted for 62 percent of the number of African-American students enrolled in college, the census figures showed.


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