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Administration on Aging (AoA)

Racial and Ethnic Composition

In 2012, 21.0% of persons 65+ were members of racial or ethnic minority populations--9% were African-Americans (not Hispanic), 4% were Asian or Pacific Islander (not Hispanic), .5% were Native American (not Hispanic), .1% were Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, (not Hispanic), and 0.7% of persons 65+ identified themselves as being of two or more races. Persons of Hispanic origin (who may be of any race) represented 7% of the older population.

Only 7.7% of all the people who were members of racial and ethnic minority populations were 65+ in 2012 (9.5% of African-Americans (not Hispanic), 5.9% of Hispanics, 10.3% of Asians, 7% of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islanders (not Hispanic), 8.9% of American Indian and Native Alaskans (not Hispanic)) compared with 17.3% of non-Hispanic whites.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Population Estimates.

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Last Modified: 8/25/2014