US Stats

Population

  • The U.S. Census Bureau  estimates that there are about 42 million pre-teens and teens (aged 10- 19) in the U.S., which has a general population of approximately 313.9 million (2012).
  • Of this total U.S. population, 6.6% are between the ages of 10 to 14 and 6.8% are between the ages of 15 to 19.
  • Of those aged 10-19 in the U.S in 2010, 51.2% were male and 48.8% were female

Source: http://factfinder2.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=PEP_2012_PEPAGESEX&prodType=table]

  • Generation Y, also known as “Millennials” (those born between 1980 and 2000) comprises about 80 million, or close to 25% of the total U.S population.
  • Of these,
    • 61% were White
    • 14% were Black
    • 19% were Hispanic
    • 5% were Asian (As of December 2009)

Source http://pewsocialtrends.org/files/2010/10/millennials-confident-connected-open-to-change.pdf

Education

For more information, check out Education in the Infopedia.

  • According to data from the U.S. Census Bureau, of those aged 18 to 24 years living in the U.S. in 2012, 29.5% were high school graduates (or equivalent).
  • As of reporting in 2012, some 3 out of every 10 millennials are college graduates.
  • Among 25- to 29-year-olds Whites (40%) are nearly twice as likely as Blacks (23%) to attain a bachelor’s degree and over twice as likely as Hispanics (15%). “Between 1990 and 2012, the gap in the attainment rate between Whites and Hispanics at the level of bachelor’s degree or higher widened from 18 to 25 percent points.”

Source: http://nces.ed.gov/pubs2013/2013037.pdf

Mortality

Teen Driving

For more information, check out Driving in the Infopedia.

  • Motor vehicle crashes are the number one killer of teens (ages 16-20). Over one third of those killed had been drinking. Over half of those killed were not wearing a seat belt.

Source http://www.nhtsa.gov/Driving+Safety/Teen+Drivers/Teen+Drivers+Education/Teen+Drivers+-+Additional+Resources

Suicide

For more information, check out Suicide in the Infopedia.

  • In 2010 suicide was the tenth leading cause of death in the US and the third leading cause of death for young people aged 15-24 in the US.

Source:  http://www.suicidology.org/c/document_library/get_file?folderId=262&name=DLFE-636.pdf