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Women's Health USA 2013 An illustrated collection of current and historical data, published annually.

U.S. Female Population

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In 2011, the majority of the total female population was non-Hispanic White (63.4 percent), while 16.2 percent were Hispanic, 12.7 percent were Black, and 5.0 percent were non- Hispanic Asian. Less than 1 percent of the female population was non-Hispanic American Indian/Alaska Native or non-Hispanic Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander, while 1.9 percent were non-Hispanic multiple race. Non- Hispanic White females are expected to no longer be the majority by 2045. By 2060, the proportion of females who are non-Hispanic White is expected to fall to 42.9 percent while the proportion who are Hispanic, non-Hispanic Asian, and non-Hispanic multiple race are expected to double or triple compared to the start of the millennium.

The increasing diversity of the U.S. population is a function of different fertility, mortality, and migration patterns according to race and ethnicity. The younger female population (under 18 years) is significantly more diverse than the older female population. In 2011, 53.0 percent of females under 18 years of age were non-Hispanic White, while 23.6 percent of that group were Hispanic. In contrast, among women aged 65 years and older, 78.9 percent were non-Hispanic White and only 7.3 percent were Hispanic (data not shown in graph images or in data tables on this site).1

The increasing diversity of the U.S. population underscores the importance of promoting racial and ethnic equity in health and health care. Significant racial and ethnic disparities persist in health status and access to health care which can be attributed to a variety of social, behavioral, environmental, and biological determinants.2 The future health of America will greatly depend on using a multifaceted approach to improving the health of racial and ethnic minorities and other disadvantaged groups.

1 U.S. Census Bureau link leaves hrsa.gov site, Population Division. Estimates of the Resident Population by Sex, Single Year of Age, Race, and Hispanic Origin for the United States: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2011. May 2012. Accessed 04/30/13.

2 National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities link leaves hrsa.gov site. National Stakeholder Strategy for Achieving Health Equity. Rockville, MD: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health link leaves hrsa.gov site. April 2011. Accessed 04/30/13.

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U.S. Female Population (All Ages), by Race/Ethnicity, 2000-2060
Race/Ethnicity Percent of Females, 2000 Percent of Females, 2011 Percent of Females, 2025 Projection Percent of Females, 2060 Projection
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division. Intercensal Estimates of the Resident Population by Sex, Race, and Hispanic Origin for the United States: April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2010(US-EST00INT-02). September 2011. Accessed 04/30/13.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division. Annual Estimates of the Resident Population by Sex, Race, and Hispanic Origin for the United States: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2011 (NC-EST2011-03). May 2012. Accessed 04/30/13.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division. Projections of the Population by Sex, Race, and Hispanic Origin for the United States: 2015 to 2060 (NP2012-T4). December 2012. Accessed 04/30/13.
Non-Hispanic White 69.7 63.4 57.7 42.9
Non-Hispanic Black 12.6 12.7 13.0 13.5
Hispanic 12.0 16.2 19.8 29.6
Non-Hispanic American Indian/Alaska Native 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.7
Non-Hispanic Asian 3.7 5.0 6.0 8.3
Non-Hispanic Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.2 0.2 0.2
Non-Hispanic Multiple Race 1.2 1.9 2.6 4.8