Topic updated: February 2013

African American Health

Blacks or African Americans are people having origins in any of the black racial groups of Africa. Those who identify only as African American constitute approximately 12 percent of the American population -- almost 35 million individuals, according to the 2000 U.S. Census. The Census Bureau projects that by the year 2035 there will be more than 50 million African American individuals in the United States, comprising 14.3 percent of the population.

The population of African American including those of more than one race, was estimated at 40.7 million, making up 13.5 percent of the total population as of July 1, 2007 according to the Census Bureau; this is projected to rise to 65.7 million, 15 percent of the total population, by the year 2050.

The African American population is represented throughout the country, with the greatest concentrations in the Southeast and mid-Atlantic regions, especially Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, and Maryland.

African Americans have a long history in the United States. Some African American families have been in the United States for many generations; others are recent immigrants from places such as Africa, the Caribbean, or the West Indies.

Ten Leading Causes of death in the U.S. in 2010 for Blacks or African Americans:

  1. Heart Disease
  2. Cancer
  3. Stroke
  4. Diabetes
  5. Unintentional Injuries
  6. Nephritis, Nephrotic Syndrome and Nephrosis
  7. Chronic lower respiratory disease
  8. Homicide
  9. Septicemia
  10. Alzheimer's Disease

Read the entire article and see the extensive statistical breakdowns at Black or African American Populations.

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