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Juvenile Population Characteristics
Juvenile Population
Q: How many juveniles are there in the United States population?
A: In 2012, 73.9 million Americans - about 1 in 4 - were under age 18.
Persons under age 18, 2012-2060

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  • The juvenile population is expected to grow at a faster rate than the adult population in the coming decades. Based on the latest population projections from the U.S. Census Bureau, between 2015 and 2025, the population of persons under age 18 is expected to increase 5%. In contrast, the population of persons ages 18 through 24 will decline 3%, persons ages 25 to 64 will increase 3%. Only the population of those ages 65 and older is expected to increase more than the youth population (36%) by 2025.
  • The population of juvenile minorities will experience the most growth between 2015 and 2025. The number of black, non-Hispanic juveniles is expected to increase about 5%, American Indian/Alaskan Native, non-Hispanic juveniles 3%, Asian, non-Hispanic juveniles 17%, and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islanders non-Hispanic juveniles 15%, while white, non-Hispanic juveniles will decline 4%. Juveniles of Hispanic ethnicity are expected to increase 17% by the middle of the next decade, and the number of multi-racial youth is expected to grow nearly 30% during this period.
  • By 2025, racial-ethnic minorities will account for 53% of the youth population under age 18, and 60% by year 2045.

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/population/qa01101.asp?qaDate=2012. Released on December 17, 2012.

Data Source: U.S. Bureau of the Census. "Projected Population by Single Year of Age (0-99, 100+), Sex, Race, and Hispanic Origin for the United States: July 1, 2012 to July 1, 2060." Released December 12, 2012. Web-based data files available at: http://www.census.gov/population/projections/data/national/2012/downloadablefiles.html. Retrieved December 13, 2012.


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