U.S. Black Population Grows by 32% Over Two Decades, Reaching Nearly 48 Million, Pew Study Finds

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Since 2000, the self-identified Black population has surged by 32%, reaching 47.9 million, which makes up more than 14% of the nation's total population.(AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)
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The Black population in the United States has experienced significant growth from 2002 to 2022, witnessing a 32 percent increase, equivalent to 11 million people.

According to a research study conducted by the Pew Research Center, the total Black population in the country now stands at almost 48 million.
The study reveals that the general fertility rate for Black females aged 15-44 was 6.1 percent in 2022.

Several factors contribute to the growth of the Black population, including a rise in birth rates among Black women and an increase in interracial marriages, a growing number of mixed-race individuals choosing to identify as Black, and a notable influx of immigrants from African and Caribbean countries.


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