Population Characteristics

U.S. Female Population by Race/Ethnicity

The growing diversity of the U.S. female population is reflected in the racial and ethnic distribution of women across age groups. The younger female population, under 25 years of age, is significantly more diverse than the older female population. In 2004, females who identified as Hispanic or non-White in race and ethnicity represented 39.4 percent of the females under 25 years of age, while among women 65 years and older, only 18.5 percent were Hispanics or non-Whites.

Evidence indicates that race and ethnicity correlate with health disparities within the U.S. population. Coupled with the increasing diversity of the U.S. population, these health disparities make culturally-appropriate, community-driven programs critical in improving the health of the entire U.S. population.1

1 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Office of Minority Health. Disease burden and risk factors. April 4, 2006.

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Women's Health USA 2006 is not copyrighted. Readers are free to duplicate and use all or part of the information contained on this page. Suggested Citation: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Women's Health USA 2006. Rockville, Maryland: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2006.