||Within States, how do juvenile populations vary by race?
||While race/ethnicity profiles vary considerably across states, white, non-Hispanic youth accounted for the largest share of the youth population in 45 states in 2018.
*Race groups are non-Hispanic. Hispanic persons can be any race.
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- In 2018, at least 9 of every 10 juveniles in Maine, Vermont, and West Virginia were non-Hispanic and white.
- In contrast, New Mexico's juvenile population was 60% Hispanic. Other states with large Hispanic juvenile populations include California (52%), Texas (50%), Arizona (44%), and Nevada (41%). In 2018, more than half (52%) of all Hispanic juveniles lived in California, Texas, and Florida.
- The states with the greatest proportions of non-Hispanic black juveniles in their populations in 2018 were Mississippi (43%), Louisiana (38%), Georgia (35%), Maryland (33%), South Carolina (32%), and Alabama (30%). Black youth accounted for 55% of the juvenile population in the District of Columbia.
- In 2018, 5 states had juvenile populations with at least 10% American Indians or Alaska Natives. These states were Alaska (21%), South Dakota (14%), Oklahoma (12%), New Mexico (11%), and Montana (11%).
Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book
. Online. Available: https://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/population/qa01103.asp?qaDate=2018.
Released on July 15, 2019.
Data Source: Puzzanchera, C., Sladky, A. and Kang, W. Easy Access to Juvenile Populations
. Available on-line at: https://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/ezapop/
. Retrieved July 2019.
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