|Figure 1. Young persons as a percentage of the total population, by age group: Various years, 1960 to 2002|
|NOTE: Data are for resident population as of July 1 of the indicated year. Some data have been revised from previously published figures.|
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Commerce, Census Bureau, Current Population Reports, Series P-25, Population Estimates and Projections, various years, and unpublished tabulations.
Between 1960 and 1975, the proportion of young adults 14 to 24 years old increased from 15 to 21 percent of the total resident population. The proportion of this age group declined after 1975 to 15 percent in 1996, about where it was in 1960. Between 1996 and 2002, the proportion of the population in this age group rose slightly.