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Juvenile Population Characteristics
Juvenile Population
Q: How many juveniles 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, 2019

Age group Total Male Female White* Black* American
Indian*
Asian* Hispanic
Total (ages 0-17) 73,039,150 37,308,668 35,730,482 38,261,379 11,066,369 725,214 4,298,623 18,687,565
0 to 5 23,604,964 12,070,407 11,534,557 12,257,081 3,611,369 234,328 1,370,828 6,131,358
6 to 9 16,167,614 8,261,562 7,906,052 8,377,783 2,465,151 163,797 954,205 4,206,678
10 to 12 12,458,588 6,359,634 6,098,954 6,473,516 1,908,299 123,560 735,421 3,217,792
13 to 14 8,339,680 4,258,627 4,081,053 4,415,982 1,242,335 82,460 492,934 2,105,969
Age 15 4,175,459 2,129,720 2,045,739 2,249,660 612,357 40,690 250,397 1,022,355
Age 16 4,150,420 2,116,165 2,034,255 2,244,658 608,317 40,047 250,517 1,006,881
Age 17 4,142,425 2,112,553 2,029,872 2,242,699 618,541 40,332 244,321 996,532

*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=2019. Released on July 31, 2020.

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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