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Research Highlights Diversity in U.S. Black Population

Since 2000, the Black population in the United States has grown by 32% to 47.9 million people in 2022. Black Americans include those who identify as Black alone, those who say their race is Black in combination with other racial backgrounds, and Hispanics and Latinos who also say their race is Black.

U.S. Black Population Is Young

In 2022, the median age of Black people in the United States was 32.1, compared to the overall median age of 38. In addition: 

  • Approximately 30% were less than 20 years old 
  • 45% were younger than 30 years old
  • 43% were between 30 and 64 years old
  • 12% were 65 years or older 


In 2022, the majority of Black Americans—89%—spoke only English. 8% spoke English and another language at home, including:

  • Spanish (4%)
  • French or Haitian Creole (3%)
  • Amharic and other Ethiopian languages (1%)


In 2022, the greatest concentration of Black people in the United States—56%—-resided in the South. Approximately 17% of the Black population resided in both the Midwest and the Northeast, and 10% lived in the West.

Texas had the highest Black population (4.2 million), followed by Florida (3.9 million), and Georgia (3.7 million). 

Among U.S. metropolitan regions, the New York City metro area had the greatest number of Black residents (3.6 million), followed by the Atlanta metro area (2.2 million) and the Chicago metro area (1.7 million).


In 2022, more than half—51%—of Black U.S. households earned more than $50,000. In addition:

  • 34% earned $75,000 or more, including 22% earning $100,00 or more
  • Approximately 39% lived in households headed by a married couple 
  • 31% lived in households headed by a female
  • 5% lived in households headed by a male
  • 16% lived in non-family households


In 2022, approximately one-fourth (26%) of Black U.S. adults over 25 had a bachelor’s degree or higher level of education. About one-third had completed some college, and approximately 42% had graduated from high school or earned an equivalent degree.


In 2022, two-thirds of Black adults in the U.S. identified as Protestant, and 21% were religiously unaffiliated. Six percent of Black adults identified as Catholic, 3% identified with another Christian denomination, and 3% identified as non-Christian.

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