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Dropout Rates in the United States: 2004

NCES 2007-024
November 2006

Table 6. Status dropout rates and number and distribution of dropouts of 16- through 24-year-olds, by selected background characteristics: October 2004
 
Characteristic Status
dropout
rate
(percent)
Number
of status
dropouts
(thousands)
Population
(thousands)
Percent
of all
dropouts
Percent
of
population
Total10.3 3,766 36,504 100100
 
Sex
Male11.6 2,140 18,406 56.850.4
Female9.0 1,626 18,097 43.249.6
 
Race/ethnicity1
White, non-Hispanic6.8 1,530 22,654 40.662.1
Black, non-Hispanic11.8 594 5,048 15.813.8
Hispanic23.8 1,499 6,301 39.817.3
Asian/Pacific Islander,
non-Hispanic
3.6 56 1,577 1.54.3
More than one race6.1 39 640 1.01.8
 
Age
163.8 169 4,472 4.512.2
175.2 211 4,084 5.611.2
1810.6 400 3,784 10.610.4
1911.2 440 3,917 11.710.7
20–2412.6 2,546 20,247 67.655.5
 
Recency of immigration
Born outside the 50 states and
District of Columbia
Hispanic38.49542,48825.36.8
Non-Hispanic6.51261,9543.45.4
First generation2
Hispanic14.73132,1298.35.8
Non-Hispanic2.6542,0811.45.7
Second generation or higher2
Hispanic13.72311,6846.14.6
Non-Hispanic8.02,08726,16855.471.7
 
Region
Northeast8.8 613 6,938 16.319.0
Midwest8.0 669 8,400 17.823.0
South11.4 1,471 12,871 39.135.3
West12.2 1,012 8,294 26.922.7
1 Beginning in 2003, respondents were able to identify themselves as being “more than one race.” The White, non-Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Asian/Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic categories consist of individuals who considered themselves to be one race and who did not identify as Hispanic. Non-Hispanics who identified as multiracial are included in the “more than one race” category. The Hispanic category consists of Hispanics of all races and racial combinations. Due to small sample size, American Indians/Alaska Natives are included in the total but are not shown separately.

2 Individuals defined as “first generation” were born in the 50 states or the District of Columbia, and one or both of their parents were born outside the 50 states or the District of Columbia. Individuals defined as “second generation or higher” were born in the 50 states or the District of Columbia, as were both of their parents.

NOTE: The status dropout rate indicates the percentage of 16- through 24-year-olds who are not enrolled in high school and who lack a high school credential. High school credential includes a high school diploma or equivalent credential such as a General Educational Development (GED) certificate. Detail may not add to totals because of rounding.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Commerce, Census Bureau, Current Population Survey (CPS), October 2004.