Amee Mehta, Professor of Biology, on Diversity
- There are approximately 15 million people of Asian heritage in the United States.
- Forty-nine percent of single-race Asians, who are ages 25 or older, have a bachelor's degree or higher level of education.
- Chinese is the second-most-widely spoken non-English language in the U.S.
Elderly American Facts
- There were approximately 37.3 million people age 65 or older in the United States in July 2006.
- The median income of homeowners age 65 or older was $27,798.
- 69,000 people age 65 or older were enrolled in high school or college in October 2005.
- There were 3.9 million people age 65 or older living in California in July 2006 -- the highest total of any state. Florida, with three million people, was the runner up.
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transsexual Facts
- Forty-four percent of male and female respondents reported that they "came out" between the ages of 18 and 24.
- Education and healthcare were the two professions with the largest concentration of GLBTs.
- Sixty-six percent of male respondents and 61 percent of female respondents had a college degree.
- Sixty-one percent of male respondents and 77 percent of female respondents view the right to legal adoption as extremely important.
- As of July 2006, the estimated Hispanic population of the United States was 44 million, making people of Hispanic origin the nation's largest ethnic or race minority. Hispanics constituted 15 percent of the nation's total population (This estimate does not include the 4 million residents of Puerto Rico.).
- The U.S. Hispanic population was ranked third worldwide, as of 2005. Only Mexico (106 million) and Colombia (43 million) had larger Hispanic populations than the U.S. (43 million). Spain had a population of 40 million.
- Thirty-three million U.S. household residents, ages five and older, speak Spanish at home.
- Three million Hispanics, ages 18 and older, had at least a bachelor's degree in 2006, up from 1.5 million a decade earlier.
- There are one million Hispanic veterans in the U.S. armed forces.