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Juvenile Population Characteristics
Juvenile Population
Q: How many juveniles are there in the United States population?
A: In 2018, 73.4 million Americans - about 1 in 4 - were under age 18.

Youth (0 to 17) population profile detailed by age, sex, and race/ethnicity, 2018

Age group Total Male Female White* Black* American
Indian*
Asian* Hispanic
Total (ages 0-17) 73,399,342 37,490,849 35,908,493 38,516,794 11,118,967 726,040 4,336,357 18,701,184
0 to 5 23,820,393 12,181,713 11,638,680 12,312,580 3,653,006 235,009 1,412,099 6,207,699
6 to 9 16,185,524 8,266,479 7,919,045 8,377,464 2,472,827 162,278 952,274 4,220,681
10 to 12 12,555,569 6,411,304 6,144,265 6,567,641 1,905,215 124,746 735,830 3,222,137
13 to 14 8,323,958 4,247,536 4,076,422 4,464,601 1,225,075 82,093 495,578 2,056,611
Age 15 4,141,218 2,111,626 2,029,592 2,244,272 606,698 40,134 248,139 1,001,975
Age 16 4,130,744 2,106,746 2,023,998 2,241,940 616,751 40,422 240,358 991,273
Age 17 4,241,936 2,165,445 2,076,491 2,308,296 639,395 41,358 252,079 1,000,808

*Race groups do not include persons of Hispanic ethnicity.

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  • Just under half (49%) of all youth under age 18 were female, and 54% were under age 10. Non-Hispanic white youth accounted for 52% of the 2018 youth population, non-Hispanic black youth accounted for 15%, and Hispanic youth accounted for one-fourth (25%).

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: https://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/population/qa01104.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/.

 

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