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A Profile of Older Americans: 2005

Racial and Ethnic Composition

In 2004, 18.1% of persons 65+ were minorities--8.2% were African-Americans.** Persons of Hispanic origin (who may be of any race) represented 6.0% of the older population. About 2.9 were Asian or Pacific Islander,** and less than 1% were American Indian or Native Alaskan.** In addition, 0.6% of persons 65+ identified themselves as being of two or more races.

Only 6.8% of minority race and Hispanic populations were 65+ in 2004 (8.3% of African-Americans,** 8.4% of Asians and Pacific Islanders,** 7.2% of American Indians and Native Alaskans,** 5.2% of Hispanics), compared with 15.0% of whites.**

(Data for this section were compiled from Internet releases of the Census 2004 Estimates).

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