A Portrait of Black America on the Eve of the 2010 Census

What the most recent U.S. Census report tells us now.



Nearly half of us have never married, the highest percentage for all racial groups. Only 30 percent of blacks are now married.


The annual median income of black households in 2008 is $34,218, a decline of 2.8 percent (in 2008 constant dollars) from 2007. It’s the lowest in the United States.

Black median family income was just over $41,000 in 2008, the lowest in the United States of any racial group. A single black woman with children earned a median annual income of $25,958.