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pdfPennsylvania Celebrates Black History Month hide

Pennsylvania has a rich and intriguing African American history. As early as 1688, the first written protest against slavery in the American colonies came from German Quakers in Germantown near Philadelphia. By the 1770s, abolitionism was a full-scale movement in Pennsylvania. However, it was not until 1926 that American historian Carter G. Woodson established Black History Week, which in 1976 – the nation’s bicentennial - expanded to Black History Month. According to the 2010 Census, the United States was home to nearly 39 million residents who were black or African American. Blacks accounted 12.6 percent of the total U.S. population in 2010. In Pennsylvania, more than 1.3 million residents identified themselves as black or African American in 2010, which represented 10.8 percent of Commonwealth’s total population.


published: 2/23/2012 | tags: Race , Research Briefs

pdfLocal 2010 Census Data Released for Pennsylvania: State Shows Continued Population Growth hide

The Census Bureau today released the first local 2010 Census results for Pennsylvania. The Commonwealth’s population as of April 1, 2010 was 12,702,379. Pennsylvania’s population increased 3.4 percent (421,325 total persons) since the last Decennial Census (April 1, 2000). The Commonwealth’s population remains the sixth largest in the nation, but is set to lose one seat in the U.S. House of Representatives because of larger population gains in other states.


published: 3/9/2011 | tags: 2010 Census Data , County-Level Data , Race , Research Briefs

pdfCensus Estimates Include Age, Race and Ethnicity Data for Pennsylvania and its Counties: 2009 hide

Pennsylvania and its counties have become more diverse than ever before, according to 2009 U.S. Census Bureau population estimates, released today. The overall minority population has grown to 2,408,387 people in 2009, representing 19.1 percent of the state’s population. (Overall ‘minority’ is defined as the total population minus the White Alone, not Hispanic population.)


published: 6/10/2010 | tags: County-Level Data , Estimates Data , Ethnicity , Race , Research Briefs

pdfNew 2008 Census Estimates Include Age, Race and Ethnicity Data for Pennsylvania and its Counties hide

Pennsylvania and its counties have become more diverse than ever before, according to 2008 U.S. Census Bureau population estimates, released today. The overall minority population has grown to 2,313,796 people in 2008, representing 18.6 percent of the state’s population.


published: 5/14/2009 | tags: Age , County-Level Data , Estimates Data , Ethnicity , Race , Research Briefs

pdfPennsylvania Black-Owned Businesses Grow to Almost 25,000 hide

Black-owned businesses in Pennsylvania increased 25.1 percent between 1997 and 2002, according to a newly released U.S. Census Bureau report, 2002 Survey of Business Owners: Black-Owned Firms. The growth rate of the commonwealth’s Blackowned firms was more than 5 times the state average for all businesses (4.4 percent). More than 4,900 Black-owned firms have been added since 1997, bringing the total to 24,757. In contrast to Pennsylvania businesses as a whole, black-owned establishments have experienced steady growth since 1992.


published: 4/20/2006 | tags: Economy , Race , Research Briefs

pdfPennsylvania’s Hispanic-Owned Businesses Grow by More Than A Third hide

Hispanic-owned businesses in Pennsylvania increased 40 percent between 1997 and 2002, according to a newly released U.S. Census Bureau report, 2002 Survey of Business Owners: Hispanic-Owned Firms. The growth rate of the commonwealth’s Hispanic-owned firms was 9 percent higher than the national average and more than 9 times the state average for all businesses (4.4 percent). More than 3,000 Hispanic-owned firms have been added in Pennsylvania since 1997, bringing the total to 11,023. The growth in Hispanic-owned businesses mirrors the increase in Hispanic population during this period. Pennsylvania’s Hispanic population grew 36.6 percent from 1997-2002, while the total population grew by just 2.7 percent. Still, persons of Hispanic or Latino origin accounted for just 3.4 percent of Pennsylvania’s population in 2002, and 1.3 percent of all businesses.


published: 3/22/2006 | tags: Economy , Race , Research Briefs

pdfU.S. Census Bureau Working Paper Provides Historical Race Data for Pennsylvania Large Cities hide

The Pennsylvania State Data Center at Penn State Harrisburg reports that the U.S. Census Bureau has released a working paper that illustrates how the composition of race and Hispanic origin has changed over the years in 306 cities nationally. The report, titled, Historical Census Statistics on Population Totals by Race, 1790 to 1990, and by Hispanic Origin, 1970 to 1990, for Large Cities and Other Urban Places in the United States, provides data for 224 places that had a census population of 100,000 or more at some point during the 1790 to 1990 period, as well as another 82 places that were historically among the largest in the state.


published: 7/13/2005 | tags: Ethnicity , Race , Research Briefs

pdfPennsylvania to Celebrate Black History Month in February hide

To recall and celebrate the positive contributions made by people of African descent, American historian Carter G. Woodson established Black History Week on Feb. 12, 1926. For many years, the second week of February was set aside for this celebration to coincide with the birthdays of President Abraham Lincoln and African-American abolitionist/editor Frederick Douglass. In 1976, as part of the nation’s bicentennial, the week was expanded into Black History Month.


published: 1/31/2005 | tags: Race , Research Briefs

pdfPennsylvania Celebrates Black History Month hide

The Pennsylvania State Data Center at Penn State Harrisburg reports that February marks the nationwide observance of Black History Month.


published: 2/3/2004 | tags: Race , Research Briefs

pdfSummary File 2 Release Profiles Pennsylvania’s Diverse Asian Population hide

The Pennsylvania State Data Center at Penn State Harrisburg reports that the U.S. Census Bureau has today released the Census 2000 Summary File 2 (SF2) data for Pennsylvania. This basic demographic data for up to 249 race and ethnic groups provides information down to the census tract level in Pennsylvania. SF2 is data compiled from questions that all persons were asked to respond to on the census questionnaire.


published: 4/18/2002 | tags: 2000 Census , Race , Research Briefs

PDFRecently released PL 94-171 Data Shows Pennsylvania’s Diversity hide

The Pennsylvania State Data announces the release of Census 2000 data for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. While the main purpose of this release is for redistricting, this data can also be used to gain a perspective on the racial diversity in the commonwealth. For the first time in history, respondents were given the opportunity to mark “one or more” race categories. Surprisingly, only 1.2 percent of the population (142,224 persons) answered the two or more race option when completing their questionnaire. A large percentage of the state’s population seem to consider themselves of one race.


published: 3/19/2001 | tags: 2000 Census , Race , Research Briefs

Maps of the Month

pdfPA Asian Resident Location Quotient, 2015 hide

Location quotient for Asian residents in PA by census tract.


published: 1/3/2017 | tags: American Community Survey Data , Ethnicity , Maps of the Month , Race

pdfSeptember 2010 - Estimated Overall Minority Population, Pennsylvania Counties 2009 hide

Map containing the overall minority population of each county, defined as the total population minus the population that is of the White race group alone, and is not Hispanic or Latino.


published: 9/1/2010 | tags: Ethnicity , Maps of the Month , Race