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Number of people of African American origin in the U.S.
The Census Bureau defines ancestry as a person's ethnic origin, racial heritage, descent, or "roots," which may reflect their place of birth, place of birth of parents or ancestors, and ethnic identities that have evolved within the United States.
The following table includes the number African Americans living in the United States. "African Americans" are defined as people who marked their ethnic origin as "African American" on the Census survey in 1990 and/or 2000.
People in America Series: Number of African Americans in the United States
Some ancestries are general may encompass several ancestries not listed separately (i.e., African American, White).
NS Not statistically different from zero at the 90-percent confidence level.
Notes: Because of sampling error, the estimates in this table may not be significantly different from one another or from other ancestries not listed in this table.
People who reported two ancestries were included once in each category. The estimates in this table differ slightly in some cases from the estimates in other data products due to the collapsing schemes used. For example, here German does not include Bavarian. Some groups correspond to groups identified separately in the race and Hispanic-origin questions. The race item provides the primary source of data for White, Black, American Indian, Alaska Native, Asian groups, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander groups. The Hispanic-origin question is the primary identifier for Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, and other Hispanic groups.
Editor's note: the ethnic and racial terms used on this page (e.g. "Negro") are those used by the Bureau of the U.S. Census, not the choice of the owners of this web site.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 1990 Census and Census 2000 special tabulations.
Compiled by Rhett Butler
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