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Table 1. Youth and young adult population, by age group: Selected years, 1980 through 2010
 
Year Total population, all ages   Total, ages 14–24   Ages 14–17   Ages 18–19   Ages 20–21   Ages 22–24
Number of persons, in thousands
1980 227,225   46,246   16,143   8,718   8,669   12,716
1985 237,924   43,790   14,888   7,637   8,370   12,895
1990 249,623   40,182   13,329   7,702   7,886   11,264
1995 266,278   40,495   15,013   7,182   7,103   11,197
2000 282,172   43,447   16,131   8,191   7,997   11,129
2001 285,082   44,222   16,221   8,200   8,294   11,508
2002 287,804   44,889   16,401   8,171   8,340   11,977
2003 290,326   45,456   16,544   8,227   8,314   12,371
2004 293,046   46,140   16,854   8,327   8,292   12,666
2005 295,753   46,508   17,104   8,324   8,361   12,721
2006 298,593   46,780   17,239   8,380   8,466   12,696
2007 301,580   46,973   17,239   8,517   8,453   12,764
2008 304,375   47,070   16,980   8,768   8,500   12,822
2009 307,007   47,174   16,761   8,872   8,631   12,908
2010 309,629   47,122   16,550   8,745   8,879   12,947
Percent of total population
1980 100.0   20.4   7.1   3.8   3.8   5.6
1985 100.0   18.4   6.3   3.2   3.5   5.4
1990 100.0   16.1   5.3   3.1   3.2   4.5
1995 100.0   15.2   5.6   2.7   2.7   4.2
2000 100.0   15.4   5.7   2.9   2.8   3.9
2001 100.0   15.5   5.7   2.9   2.9   4.0
2002 100.0   15.6   5.7   2.8   2.9   4.2
2003 100.0   15.7   5.7   2.8   2.9   4.3
2004 100.0   15.7   5.8   2.8   2.8   4.3
2005 100.0   15.7   5.8   2.8   2.8   4.3
2006 100.0   15.7   5.8   2.8   2.8   4.3
2007 100.0   15.6   5.7   2.8   2.8   4.2
2008 100.0   15.5   5.6   2.9   2.8   4.2
2009 100.0   15.4   5.5   2.9   2.8   4.2
2010 100.0   15.2   5.3   2.8   2.9   4.2
NOTE: Data are for resident population as of July 1 of the indicated year. Some data have been revised from previously published figures. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Commerce, Census Bureau, Current Population Reports, Series P-25, Nos. 1000, 1022, 1045, 1057, 1059, 1092, and 1095; and 2000–10 Population Estimates, retrieved September 10, 2010, from http://www.census.gov/popest/national/asrh/2009-nat-res.html.

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