Population characteristics describe the diverse
social, demographic, and economic features of the Nationís population.
There were over 145 million women and girls in the United States
in 2004, representing slightly more than half of the population.
Comparison of data by factors such as sex, age, and race and ethnicity
can be used to tailor the development and evaluation of programs
and policies serving women.
This section presents data on population characteristics
that affect womenís physical, social, and emotional health. Some
of these characteristics include the age and racial and ethnic distribution
of the population, household composition, education, income, occupation,
and participation in Federal programs.