U.S. Female Population by Race/Ethnicity
The growing diversity of the U.S. female population
is reflected in the racial and ethnic distribution of women across
age groups. The younger female population, under 25 years of age,
is significantly more diverse than the older female population.
In 2004, females who identified as Hispanic or non-White in race
and ethnicity represented 39.4 percent of the females under 25 years
of age, while among women 65 years and older, only 18.5 percent
were Hispanics or non-Whites.
Evidence indicates that race and ethnicity correlate
with health disparities within the U.S. population. Coupled with
the increasing diversity of the U.S. population, these health disparities
make culturally-appropriate, community-driven programs critical
in improving the health of the entire U.S. population.1
1 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,
Office of Minority Health. Disease burden and risk factors. April