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A Profile of Older Americans: 2006

Racial and Ethnic Composition

In 2005, 18.5% of persons 65+ were minorities--8.3% were African-Americans.** Persons of Hispanic origin (who may be of any race) represented 6.2% of the older population. About 3.1 were Asian or Pacific Islander,** and less than 1% were American Indian or Native Alaskan.** In addition, 0.6% of persons 65+ identified themselves as being of two or more races.

Only 7.0% of minority race and Hispanic populations were 65+ in 2005 (8.4% of African-Americans,** 8.8% of Asians and Pacific Islanders,** 7.5% of American Indians and Native Alaskans,** 5.4% of Hispanics), compared with 15.1% of non-Hispanic whites.**

(Data for this section were compiled from Internet releases of the Census 2005 Population Estimates).

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