Interesting Facts about Diverse Groups in America

There are many diverse groups in America, but that doesn’t mean that Americans are as familiar with the cultural groups in their country as they should be. The U.S. Census Bureau helps to shed light on the diverse groups in the U.S. by compiling statistics that break down everything from the regions certain groups are concentrated into their contributions to the military and advances in areas such as business and education.

The Hispanic American Demographic

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The Hispanic American population is among the fastest-growing in the United States. They make up more than 17% of the U.S. population. By 2050, Hispanics are projected to make up a whopping 30% of the populace.

As the Hispanic community expands, Latinos are making headway in areas such as business. The census reports that Hispanic-owned businesses grew 43.6% between 2002 and 2007. While Latinos are advancing as entrepreneurs, they face challenges in the educational arena. Just 62.2% of Latinos had graduated from high school in 2010, compared to 85% of Americans overall. Latinos also suffer from a higher poverty rate than the general population. Only time will tell if Hispanics will close these gaps as their population grows.

Interesting Facts About Black People

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For years, Black people were the nation’s largest minority group. Today, Latinos have outpaced Black people in population growth, but African Americans continue to play an influential role in U.S. culture. Despite this, misconceptions about Black people persist. Census data helps to clear up some of the longstanding negative stereotypes about Black people.

For example, Black businesses are booming, Black people have a long tradition of military service, with Black veterans amounting to more than 2 million in 2010. Moreover, Black people graduate from high school at about the same rate as white people do overall. In places such as New York City, Black immigrants lead immigrants from other racial groups in earning high school diplomas.

While Black people have long been associated with urban centers in the East and Midwest, census data reveals that Black people have relocated to the South in such large numbers that most Black people in the country now live in the former Confederacy.

Statistics About Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

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Asian Americans make up more than 5% of the population, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Although this is a small slice of the overall American population, Asian Americans constitute one of the fastest-growing groups in the country.

The Asian American population is a diverse one. Most Asian Americans have Chinese ancestry, followed by Filipino, Indian, Vietnamese, Korean and Japanese. Considered collectively, Asian Americans stand out as a minority group that has excelled beyond the mainstream in educational attainment and socioeconomic status.

Asian Americans have higher household incomes than Americans generally. They also have higher rates of educational attainment. But not all Asian groups are well off.

Southeast Asians and Pacific Islanders suffer from much higher rates of poverty than the Asian-American population overall does and lower levels of educational attainment. The takeaway from census statistics about Asian Americans is to remember that this is an eclectic group.

Spotlight on the Native American Population

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Thanks to movies such as "Last of the Mohicans," there’s the idea that Native Americans no longer exist in the United States. While the American Indian population isn’t exceptionally large, there are several million Native Americans in the U.S., 1.2% of the nation’s total.

Nearly half of these Native Americans identify as multiracial. Most American Indians identify as Cherokee followed by Navajo, Choctaw, Mexican-American Indian, Chippewa, Sioux, Apache and Blackfeet. Between 2000 and 2010, the Native American population grew by 26.7%, or 1.1 million.

Most American Indians live in the following states: California, Oklahoma, Arizona, Texas, New York, New Mexico, Washington, North Carolina, Florida, Michigan, Alaska, Oregon, Colorado, Minnesota, and Illinois. Like other minority groups, Native Americans are succeeding as entrepreneurs, with Native businesses growing by 17.7% from 2002 to 2007.

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