Population Characteristics

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.

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Women's Health USA 2006 is not copyrighted. Readers are free to duplicate and use all or part of the information contained on this page. Suggested Citation: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Women's Health USA 2006. Rockville, Maryland: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2006.