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Child population by race (Number & Percent)

Location Race Data Type 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
United States
Non-Hispanic American Indian and Alaskan Native alone
Number
636,322
633,783
630,669
626,493
622,437
United States
Non-Hispanic American Indian and Alaskan Native alone
Percent
1%
1%
1%
1%
1%
United States
Non-Hispanic Asian alone
Number
3,412,272
3,478,177
3,555,273
3,626,976
3,697,768
United States
Non-Hispanic Asian alone
Percent
5%
5%
5%
5%
5%
United States
Non-Hispanic Black alone
Number
10,184,817
10,168,155
10,157,369
10,142,999
10,127,123
United States
Non-Hispanic Black alone
Percent
14%
14%
14%
14%
14%
United States
Hispanic or Latino
Number
17,757,594
17,961,617
18,181,266
18,399,009
18,588,304
United States
Hispanic or Latino
Percent
24%
24%
25%
25%
25%
United States
Non-Hispanic Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone
Number
141,987
142,994
144,483
145,661
146,845
United States
Non-Hispanic Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone
Percent
<.5%
<.5%
<.5%
<.5%
<.5%
United States
Non-Hispanic White alone
Number
38,537,993
38,218,499
37,927,634
37,628,176
37,327,630
United States
Non-Hispanic White alone
Percent
52%
52%
52%
51%
51%
United States
Non-Hispanic Two or More Race Groups
Number
2,903,349
2,967,821
3,031,682
3,089,498
3,145,271
United States
Non-Hispanic Two or More Race Groups
Percent
4%
4%
4%
4%
4%
United States
Total less than 18
Number
73,574,334
73,571,046
73,628,376
73,658,812
73,655,378
United States
Total less than 18
Percent
100%
100%
100%
100%
100%
Location Race Data Type 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
United States
Non-Hispanic American Indian and Alaskan Native alone
Number
636,322
633,783
630,669
626,493
622,437
United States
Non-Hispanic American Indian and Alaskan Native alone
Percent
1%
1%
1%
1%
1%
United States
Non-Hispanic Asian alone
Number
3,412,272
3,478,177
3,555,273
3,626,976
3,697,768
United States
Non-Hispanic Asian alone
Percent
5%
5%
5%
5%
5%
United States
Non-Hispanic Black alone
Number
10,184,817
10,168,155
10,157,369
10,142,999
10,127,123
United States
Non-Hispanic Black alone
Percent
14%
14%
14%
14%
14%
United States
Hispanic or Latino
Number
17,757,594
17,961,617
18,181,266
18,399,009
18,588,304
United States
Hispanic or Latino
Percent
24%
24%
25%
25%
25%
United States
Non-Hispanic Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone
Number
141,987
142,994
144,483
145,661
146,845
United States
Non-Hispanic Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone
Percent
<.5%
<.5%
<.5%
<.5%
<.5%
United States
Non-Hispanic White alone
Number
38,537,993
38,218,499
37,927,634
37,628,176
37,327,630
United States
Non-Hispanic White alone
Percent
52%
52%
52%
51%
51%
United States
Non-Hispanic Two or More Race Groups
Number
2,903,349
2,967,821
3,031,682
3,089,498
3,145,271
United States
Non-Hispanic Two or More Race Groups
Percent
4%
4%
4%
4%
4%
United States
Total less than 18
Number
73,574,334
73,571,046
73,628,376
73,658,812
73,655,378
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 2017 are Vintage 2017 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 2018.
N.A. – Data not available.

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

Location Race Group Data Type 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
United States
Hispanic or Latino
Number
84,182
86,982
90,299
91,101
91,352
United States
Hispanic or Latino
Percent
21%
22%
22%
21%
21%
United States
Non-Hispanic American Indian
Number
8,266
8,661
9,517
10,130
10,366
United States
Non-Hispanic American Indian
Percent
2%
2%
2%
2%
2%
United States
Non-Hispanic Asian/Non-Hispanic Native Hawaiian
Number
3,067
2,796
2,800
3,082
3,226
United States
Non-Hispanic Asian/Non-Hispanic Native Hawaiian
Percent
1%
1%
1%
1%
1%
United States
Non-Hispanic Black
Number
101,902
98,157
97,540
103,376
101,825
United States
Non-Hispanic Black
Percent
26%
24%
24%
24%
23%
United States
Non-Hispanic multiple race groups
Number
22,880
24,940
27,179
28,751
30,224
United States
Non-Hispanic multiple race groups
Percent
6%
6%
7%
7%
7%
United States
Non-Hispanic White
Number
164,971
168,168
174,477
182,708
191,433
United States
Non-Hispanic White
Percent
42%
42%
42%
43%
44%
United States
Race unknown
Number
11,162
11,715
12,747
7,989
8,418
United States
Race unknown
Percent
3%
3%
3%
2%
2%
United States
Total
Number
396,430
401,419
414,559
427,137
436,844
United States
Total
Percent
100%
100%
100%
100%
100%
Location Race Group Data Type 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
United States
Hispanic or Latino
Number
84,182
86,982
90,299
91,101
91,352
United States
Hispanic or Latino
Percent
21%
22%
22%
21%
21%
United States
Non-Hispanic American Indian
Number
8,266
8,661
9,517
10,130
10,366
United States
Non-Hispanic American Indian
Percent
2%
2%
2%
2%
2%
United States
Non-Hispanic Asian/Non-Hispanic Native Hawaiian
Number
3,067
2,796
2,800
3,082
3,226
United States
Non-Hispanic Asian/Non-Hispanic Native Hawaiian
Percent
1%
1%
1%
1%
1%
United States
Non-Hispanic Black
Number
101,902
98,157
97,540
103,376
101,825
United States
Non-Hispanic Black
Percent
26%
24%
24%
24%
23%
United States
Non-Hispanic multiple race groups
Number
22,880
24,940
27,179
28,751
30,224
United States
Non-Hispanic multiple race groups
Percent
6%
6%
7%
7%
7%
United States
Non-Hispanic White
Number
164,971
168,168
174,477
182,708
191,433
United States
Non-Hispanic White
Percent
42%
42%
42%
43%
44%
United States
Race unknown
Number
11,162
11,715
12,747
7,989
8,418
United States
Race unknown
Percent
3%
3%
3%
2%
2%
United States
Total
Number
396,430
401,419
414,559
427,137
436,844
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 May 2018.
N.A. - Not available.
N.R. - No data available.