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Table 15a. Number and percentage of institutionalized and noninstitutionalized 16- to 24-year-olds who were high school status dropouts, by race/ethnicity: 2009
Race/ethnicity Total status dropout rate   Institutionalized group quarters   Households and noninstitutionalized group quarters  
  Number of status dropouts Status dropout rate   Number of status dropouts Status dropout rate  
Total1 8.6   205,000 40.1   3,167,400 8.2  
White 5.6   51,200 31.2   1,260,700 5.5  
Black 10.7   90,200 44.3   517,800 9.5  
Hispanic 17.9   53,200 46.7   1,225,500 17.5  
Asian 3.3   1,900 45.2   50,200 3.2  
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander 9.5     5,300 8.7  
American Indian/Alaska Native 15.9   3,100 40.6   46,800 15.3  
Two or more races 6.5   4,700 30.2   52,400 6.1  
‡ Reporting standards not met (too few cases).  
1 Total includes other racial/ethnic groups not shown separately.
NOTE: The data presented here represent status dropout rates for 16- to 24-year-olds. The status dropout rate is the percentage of 16- to 24-year-olds who are not in high school and who have not earned a high school credential (either a diploma or equivalency credential such as a General Educational Development [GED] certificate). It includes all dropouts, regardless of when they last attended school, as well as individuals who may have never attended school in the United States, such as immigrants who did not complete a high school diploma in their home country. This table uses a different data source than table 15; therefore, total status dropout rate estimates are not directly comparable to the 2009 estimates in table 15. Institutionalized group quarters include adult and juvenile correctional facilities, nursing facilities, and other health care facilities. Noninstitutionalized group quarters, such as college and university housing, military quarters, facilities for workers and religious groups, and temporary shelters for the homeless are included in the noninstitutionalized category. Among those counted in noninstitutionalized group quarters in the American Community Survey (ACS), only the residents of military barracks are not included in the civilian noninstitutionalized population in the Current Population Survey (CPS). Race categories exclude persons of Hispanic ethnicity.  
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Commerce, Census Bureau, American Community Survey, 2009.