12 Unpromising “Number of Black American” Statistics

Today’s U.S. Workforce Offers Limited Mobility Opportunities for Black America.

Number of Black American Military Veterans

2.2 million.

Number of Black American Military Officers

The percentage of Black officers in the services has remained fairly steady since 1995 — about 5-7 percent in the Navy, Air Force, and Marines, and 10-15 percent in the Army.

(As of 12/24/2015) The total number of active duty general or flag officers is capped at 231 for the Army, 162 for the Navy, 198 for the Air Force, and 61 for the Marine Corps.

Number of Black American Government Workers

Though 10 percent of the U.S. civilian labor force, Black Americans are 18 percent of U.S. government workers.

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Number of Black American Mayors


Number of Black American Congresspersons

There are forty-three Black American Members of the House and two in the Senate (this House number includes 2 Delegates).

113th United States Congress (Members): 100 Senators, 435 Representatives, 6 Non-voting members.

Number of Black American Lawyers

Only three percent of the lawyers at large law firms are Black American, and only 1.9 percent of the partners are Black American, according to the American Lawyer’s Diversity Scorecard. Almost 500,000 attorneys practice law in the United States (as of 12/2015).

Number of Black American Physicians

Three out of four physicians identified themselves as white, non-Hispanic, while 3.8 percent were Black, non-Hispanic, 5.3 percent were Hispanic, and 17.2 percent were Asian or other races.

435,084 Primary Care Physicians and 479,636 Specialist Physicians (Total: 914,720 as of October 2015) are in practice in the Unities States.

Number of Black American NASA Employees

12 percent of the 18,000 people working for NASA identify as Black/African American alone.

Number of Black American Publishers

Six (Africa World Press, Amber Communications Group, Black Classic Press, JustUs Books, RedBone Press, and Third World Press).

Number of Black American CEOs

The numbers are especially startling, given that 13.2 percent of the U.S. population is African American, according to the Census Bureau. Thompson’s retirement leaves just five CEOs who are African-American in the Fortune 500.

Number of Black American Prisoners

According to the United States of America Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) non-Hispanic Black Americans accounted for 39.4 percent of the total prison and jail population in 2009 (841,000 Black men and 64,800 Black women out of a total of 2,096,300 men and 201,200 women).