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Youth Indicators 1996 / Indicator 1


Indicator 1. Number of Young Adults


Population, by selected age groups: 1950 to 1994

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                       Total
        Persons,    14 to 24    14 to 17   18 and 19   20 and 21    22 to 24
Year    all ages   years old   years old   years old   years old   years old
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                         Number of persons, in thousands
1950     152,271      24,519       8,444       4,395       4,551       7,129
1955     165,931      24,215       9,248       4,254       4,189       6,525
1960     179,979      26,964      11,211       4,886       4,443       6,425
1965     193,526      33,999      14,146       6,450       5,503       7,902
1970     203,984      39,909      15,921       7,410       6,850       9,728
1975     215,465      44,860      17,125       8,418       8,089      11,228
1980     227,255      46,246      16,143       8,718       8,669      12,716
1985     237,924      43,790      14,888       7,637       8,370      12,895
1986     240,133      43,051      14,824       7,483       8,024      12,720
1987     242,289      42,196      14,502       7,502       7,742      12,450
1988     244,499      41,378      14,023       7,701       7,606      12,048
1989     246,819      40,692      13,536       7,898       7,651      11,607
1990     249,402      40,137      13,310       7,693       7,883      11,251
1991     252,131      39,760      13,418       7,173       8,013      11,156
1992     255,028      39,593      13,653       6,889       7,756      11,295
1993     257,783      39,590      13,928       6,899       7,265      11,498
1994     260,341      39,690      14,427       6,937       6,972      11,354

                          Percentage of total population
1950       100.0        16.1         5.5         2.9         3.0         4.7
1955       100.0        14.6         5.6         2.6         2.5         3.9
1960       100.0        15.0         6.2         2.7         2.5         3.6
1965       100.0        17.6         7.3         3.3         2.8         4.1
1970       100.0        19.6         7.8         3.6         3.4         4.8
1975       100.0        20.8         7.9         3.9         3.8         5.2
1980       100.0        20.3         7.1         3.8         3.8         5.6
1985       100.0        18.4         6.3         3.2         3.5         5.4
1986       100.0        17.9         6.2         3.1         3.3         5.3
1987       100.0        17.4         6.0         3.1         3.2         5.1
1988       100.0        16.9         5.7         3.1         3.1         4.9
1989       100.0        16.5         5.5         3.2         3.1         4.7
1990       100.0        16.1         5.3         3.1         3.2         4.5
1991       100.0        15.8         5.3         2.8         3.2         4.4
1992       100.0        15.5         5.4         2.7         3.0         4.4
1993       100.0        15.4         5.4         2.7         2.8         4.5
1994       100.0        15.2         5.5         2.7         2.7         4.4
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NOTE: Data for 1960 and later years are for resident population as of July 1 of the indicated year. Data for 1950 and 1955 are for total U.S. population as of July 1, including Alaska, Hawaii, and armed forces overseas. Because of rounding, details may not add to totals. Some data have been revised from previously published figures.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, Current Population Reports, Series P-25, Population Estimates and Projections, nos. 311, 519, 917, 1000, 1022, and 1095; U.S. Population Estimates, by Age, Sex, Race, and Hispanic Origin: 1990 to 1994, PPL-21.

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