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Juvenile Population Characteristics
Juvenile Population
Q: How many youth are there in the United States population?
A: In 2019, 73 million Americans - about 1 in 5 - were under age 18.

Youth (0 to 17) population profile detailed by age, sex, and race/ethnicity, 2020

Age group Total Male Female White* Black* American
Indian*
Asian* Hispanic
Total (ages 0-17) 72,822,113 37,194,403 35,627,710 37,778,412 11,123,707 704,252 4,583,907 18,631,835
0 to 5 23,355,628 11,933,548 11,422,080 11,921,654 3,636,395 218,062 1,543,739 6,035,778
6 to 9 16,183,375 8,274,362 7,909,013 8,356,827 2,480,434 159,157 1,050,464 4,136,493
10 to 12 12,348,144 6,300,923 6,047,221 6,383,028 1,892,386 122,322 741,329 3,209,079
13 to 14 8,406,279 4,294,045 4,112,234 4,400,806 1,271,323 82,887 491,640 2,159,623
Age 15 4,175,920 2,131,384 2,044,536 2,217,298 618,278 41,119 250,580 1,048,645
Age 16 4,187,874 2,136,152 2,051,722 2,251,689 614,352 40,694 252,479 1,028,660
Age 17 4,164,893 2,123,989 2,040,904 2,247,110 610,539 40,011 253,676 1,013,557

*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 2019 youth population, non-Hispanic black youth accounted for 15%, and Hispanic youth accounted for one-fourth (26%).

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: https://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/population/qa01104.asp?qaDate=2020. Released on October 13, 2021.

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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