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Epidemiology Across Cultures: White Population

Demographics | Health Statistics | Educational Statistics | Resources

Demographics

The term "White" refers to people originating from any of the original peoples of Europe, the Middle East, or North Africa. The 2006–2008 American Community Survey estimates that the United States population was 301.2 million. Of the total, 224.0 million, or 74.4 percent, reported White. Separate questions were asked on Hispanic or Latino origin. Hispanics who reported their race as White, either alone or in combination with one or more other races, are included in the numbers for Whites. [1]

Health Statistics

Incidence and Prevalence of Diseases

AIDS/HIV, number of 42,655 newly reported cases in 2007 [2]
10,407

 

 

Female Male
Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) [3]
34.4%
38.1%
Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) [3]
6.9%
9.4%
Diabetes Mellitus [3]
6.4%
6.4%
Stroke [3]
3.1%
2.3%

Risk Factors

 

Female Male
Hypertension [3
31.1%
34.3%
Obesity (BMI 30+) [3
31.3%
31.6%
Total cholesterol 240 mg/dL+ [3
18.1%
15.3%

Educational Statistics

According to the National Center for Educational Statistics, approximately 56.5% of students enrolled in elementary and secondary schools in the Fall of 2006 were White, Non-Hispanic. [4]

Special Education Identification (Fall 2004) [5]

Percentage of students ages 6 through 21 receiving special education services for given disability category 

 

White (non-Hispanic)
Specific Learning Disabilities
3.86
Speech or Language Impairment
1.77
Mental Retardation
0.69
Emotional Disturbance
0.69
Multiple Disabilities
0.20
Hearing Impairment
0.10
Orthopedic Impairment
0.10
Other Health Impairment
0.89
Visual Impairment
0.04
Autism
0.28
Deaf-Blindness
0.00
Traumatic Brain Injury
0.04

Resources

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[1] U.S. Census Bureau. (2008)  2006–2008 American community survey. Retrieved January 5, 2010 from http://factfinder.census.gov/servlet/DTTable?_bm=y&-geo_id=01000US&-ds_name=ACS_2008_3YR_G00_&-redoLog=false&-mt_name=ACS_2008_3YR_G2000_B02001.

[2] Center for Disease Control and Population. (2009). "Fact Sheet: HIV/AIDS among African Americans." Retrieved January 5, 2010 from http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/topics/aa/resources/factsheets/aa.htm.

[3] American Heart Association. (2009). Heart disease and stroke statistics—2010 update. Dallas: American Heart Association.

[4] Digest of Education Statistics. (2008). "Percentage distribution of enrollment in public elementary and secondary school, by race/ethnicity and state: Fall 1996 and Fall 2006." Retrieved January 5, 2010 from http://nces.ed.gov/programs/digest/d08/tables/dt08_041.asp.

[5] U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, Office of Special Education Programs. (2009). 28th Annual Report to Congress on the Implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Act, 2006, vol. 1, Washington DC.

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