African-Americans Lead in Unhealthy Statistics

Black History Month is not only about remembering the African-American icons and pioneers who helped progress the life of African-Americans, but also African-American awareness.

Recent studies show that African-American numbers and statistics in several social, economical and health areas are below average.

African-Americans only make up about 14 percent of the United States population, but represent a majority of people being affected by these issues. Several statistics needs to be brought to the attention of African-Americans.

  1. According to a report by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) African-Americans only make up 13.6 percent of the United States population, but represent 50.3 percent of all diagnosed cases of HIV
  2. According to a study by the Institute on Assets and Social Policy (IASP) at Brandeis University, shows that regardless of income, African-Americans have more financial assets than middle-income white families.
  3. According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, African-American mothers lead the percentage of unwed mothers at 72 percent.
  4. According to a report by the United States Department of Education, almost half of African American students who attend high school in low-income areas have higher dropout rates, about 73 percent.
  5. According to the Associated Press, only about 37 percent of African Americans who enroll in college, actually receive a degree within six years.
  6. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, African-Americans make up 60.21 percent of the United States prison population.
  7. According to the United States Census Bureau, African-Americans has the highest population of people living in poverty.
  8. According to a report by the United States Centers for Disease Control Health Disparities and Inequalities in January 2011, African-Americans have the highest coronary heart disease death rate.

The African-American community is suffering economically, financially and socially. Hopefully these reports will create more awareness in the African-American community and create a change in these uneven demographic statistics.