Census Bureau Offers a Breakdown of the Black Population in the United States

The Black population is often talked about in the media as a monolith. But in fact, the Black population is quite diverse. New data from the U.S. Census Bureau offers a breakdown on the Black population in the U.S.

  • Among Black or African American respondents, African American was the largest detailed group reported, with 22.1 million people reporting African American alone and 24.6 million African American alone or in any combination.
  • The Sub-Saharan African alone population totaled 2.3 million and the Sub-Saharan alone or in any combination population totaled 2.8 million. The Nigerian (604,077), Ethiopian (325,214), Somali (221,043), and Ghanaian (172,558) populations made up 46.9 percent of the Sub-Saharan African alone or in any combination population.
  • The Caribbean alone population totaled 2.1 million and the Caribbean alone or in any combination population totaled 2.6 million. The Jamaican (1.0 million), Haitian (1.0 million), Trinidadian and Tobagonian (194,364), and West Indian (119,806) populations made up 91.5 percent of the alone or in any combination population. Together, the Jamaican and Haitian populations made up the majority (80.5 percent) of the nation’s Caribbean alone population in 2020.

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