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Child population by race (Number & Percent)

Location Race Data Type 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
United States
Non-Hispanic American Indian and Alaskan Native alone
Number
639,211
635,649
632,898
629,721
626,148
United States
Non-Hispanic American Indian and Alaskan Native alone
Percent
1%
1%
1%
1%
1%
United States
Non-Hispanic Asian alone
Number
3,348,852
3,415,536
3,484,060
3,561,747
3,635,943
United States
Non-Hispanic Asian alone
Percent
5%
5%
5%
5%
5%
United States
Non-Hispanic Black alone
Number
10,239,259
10,185,362
10,168,518
10,156,335
10,138,563
United States
Non-Hispanic Black alone
Percent
14%
14%
14%
14%
14%
United States
Hispanic or Latino
Number
17,573,848
17,748,257
17,948,789
18,156,788
18,345,742
United States
Hispanic or Latino
Percent
24%
24%
24%
25%
25%
United States
Non-Hispanic Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone
Number
141,115
142,264
143,637
145,410
146,936
United States
Non-Hispanic Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone
Percent
<.5%
<.5%
<.5%
<.5%
<.5%
United States
Non-Hispanic White alone
Number
38,922,507
38,543,952
38,224,623
37,928,067
37,648,402
United States
Non-Hispanic White alone
Percent
53%
52%
52%
52%
51%
United States
Non-Hispanic Two or More Race Groups
Number
2,842,563
2,908,404
2,974,629
3,038,691
3,100,551
United States
Non-Hispanic Two or More Race Groups
Percent
4%
4%
4%
4%
4%
United States
Total less than 18
Number
73,707,355
73,579,424
73,577,154
73,616,759
73,642,285
United States
Total less than 18
Percent
100%
100%
100%
100%
100%
Location Race Data Type 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
United States
Non-Hispanic American Indian and Alaskan Native alone
Number
639,211
635,649
632,898
629,721
626,148
United States
Non-Hispanic American Indian and Alaskan Native alone
Percent
1%
1%
1%
1%
1%
United States
Non-Hispanic Asian alone
Number
3,348,852
3,415,536
3,484,060
3,561,747
3,635,943
United States
Non-Hispanic Asian alone
Percent
5%
5%
5%
5%
5%
United States
Non-Hispanic Black alone
Number
10,239,259
10,185,362
10,168,518
10,156,335
10,138,563
United States
Non-Hispanic Black alone
Percent
14%
14%
14%
14%
14%
United States
Hispanic or Latino
Number
17,573,848
17,748,257
17,948,789
18,156,788
18,345,742
United States
Hispanic or Latino
Percent
24%
24%
24%
25%
25%
United States
Non-Hispanic Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone
Number
141,115
142,264
143,637
145,410
146,936
United States
Non-Hispanic Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone
Percent
<.5%
<.5%
<.5%
<.5%
<.5%
United States
Non-Hispanic White alone
Number
38,922,507
38,543,952
38,224,623
37,928,067
37,648,402
United States
Non-Hispanic White alone
Percent
53%
52%
52%
52%
51%
United States
Non-Hispanic Two or More Race Groups
Number
2,842,563
2,908,404
2,974,629
3,038,691
3,100,551
United States
Non-Hispanic Two or More Race Groups
Percent
4%
4%
4%
4%
4%
United States
Total less than 18
Number
73,707,355
73,579,424
73,577,154
73,616,759
73,642,285
United States
Total less than 18
Percent
100%
100%
100%
100%
100%
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Definitions: Child population by race.
Data presented for 2010 through 2016 are Vintage 2016 population estimates. Each year the U.S. Census Bureau revises their post-2010 estimates. Therefore, data presented here may differ from previously published estimates. Figures for 1990, 2000, and 2010 represent revised population estimates for July 1, 1990, July 1, 2000, and July 1, 2010 - not actual Census counts from April 1, 1990, April 1, 2000, and April 1, 2010.

Data Source:  Population Division, U.S. Census Bureau.
 

Footnotes: Updated August 2017.
N.A. – Data not available.

Children in foster care by race and Hispanic origin (Number & Percent)

Location Race Group Data Type 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
United States
Hispanic or Latino
Number
83,637
84,182
86,982
90,299
91,101
United States
Hispanic or Latino
Percent
21%
21%
22%
22%
21%
United States
Non-Hispanic American Indian
Number
8,007
8,266
8,661
9,517
10,130
United States
Non-Hispanic American Indian
Percent
2%
2%
2%
2%
2%
United States
Non-Hispanic Asian/Non-Hispanic Native Hawaiian
Number
3,001
3,067
2,796
2,800
3,082
United States
Non-Hispanic Asian/Non-Hispanic Native Hawaiian
Percent
1%
1%
1%
1%
1%
United States
Non-Hispanic Black
Number
109,062
101,902
98,157
97,540
103,376
United States
Non-Hispanic Black
Percent
27%
26%
24%
24%
24%
United States
Non-Hispanic multiple race groups
Number
21,999
22,880
24,940
27,179
28,751
United States
Non-Hispanic multiple race groups
Percent
6%
6%
6%
7%
7%
United States
Non-Hispanic White
Number
163,063
164,971
168,168
174,477
182,708
United States
Non-Hispanic White
Percent
41%
42%
42%
42%
43%
United States
Race unknown
Number
8,323
11,162
11,715
12,747
7,989
United States
Race unknown
Percent
2%
3%
3%
3%
2%
United States
Total
Number
397,092
396,430
401,419
414,559
427,137
United States
Total
Percent
100%
100%
100%
100%
100%
Location Race Group Data Type 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
United States
Hispanic or Latino
Number
83,637
84,182
86,982
90,299
91,101
United States
Hispanic or Latino
Percent
21%
21%
22%
22%
21%
United States
Non-Hispanic American Indian
Number
8,007
8,266
8,661
9,517
10,130
United States
Non-Hispanic American Indian
Percent
2%
2%
2%
2%
2%
United States
Non-Hispanic Asian/Non-Hispanic Native Hawaiian
Number
3,001
3,067
2,796
2,800
3,082
United States
Non-Hispanic Asian/Non-Hispanic Native Hawaiian
Percent
1%
1%
1%
1%
1%
United States
Non-Hispanic Black
Number
109,062
101,902
98,157
97,540
103,376
United States
Non-Hispanic Black
Percent
27%
26%
24%
24%
24%
United States
Non-Hispanic multiple race groups
Number
21,999
22,880
24,940
27,179
28,751
United States
Non-Hispanic multiple race groups
Percent
6%
6%
6%
7%
7%
United States
Non-Hispanic White
Number
163,063
164,971
168,168
174,477
182,708
United States
Non-Hispanic White
Percent
41%
42%
42%
42%
43%
United States
Race unknown
Number
8,323
11,162
11,715
12,747
7,989
United States
Race unknown
Percent
2%
3%
3%
3%
2%
United States
Total
Number
397,092
396,430
401,419
414,559
427,137
United States
Total
Percent
100%
100%
100%
100%
100%
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Definitions: The number of children and youth in the foster care system by race or Hispanic origin. Some states allow children to remain in the foster care system until their 18th birthday while other states have age limits that extend a few years beyond this. The current indicator includes children of all ages.
Percent estimates of children in each race/Hispanic group are based on the total number of children in foster care with race/ethnicity data. A small number of AFCARS records across many states were missing information on the child’s race/Hispanic group and were also not included in the “unable to determine” category. These missing data are excluded from percentage and frequency distributions. Youth are categorized as being in foster care if they entered prior to the end of the current fiscal year and have not been discharged from their latest foster care spell by the end of the current fiscal year. Race or Hispanic origin are mutually exclusive categories. Children who are of Hispanic origin are not classified as any other race. National estimates include Puerto Rico..

Data Source: Child Trends analysis of data from the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS), made available through the National Data Archive on Child Abuse and Neglect.

Footnotes: Updated February 2017.
N.A. - Not available.
N.R. - No data available.