This report provides initial data on children under 18 from the 2000 U.S. Census, including demographic changes at the national, state and local levels compared to the 1990s.
A Kids Count/PRB Report on the 2000 Census
Changes in the U.S. child population in the 20th century.
Population changes across the U.S. and by state in the 1990s.
Population changes in America's largest cities.
Changes in U.S. population by race and ethnicity.
The population of children under age 18 increased by 8.7 million from 1990 to 2000; the only decade of the 20th century with a bigger increase was the 1950s.
98% of the growth in the child population was among non-white children. In 2000, 39% of America's children were minorities, compared to 28% of adults.
Despite the historic number of children recorded in the census, the U.S. adult population grew at twice the rate of the under-18 population.
In 2000, only 36% of households had at least one child, compared to 51% in 1960.