Italian Americans, 1990–2000: A Demographic Analysis of National Data

Carol Bonomo Jennngs and Christine Palamidessi Moore

in American Woman, Italian Style

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780823231751
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823241286 | DOI:
Italian Americans, 1990–2000: A Demographic Analysis of National Data

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This chapter presents a demographic analysis of the Italian-American population. According to the 2000 Census, 15,723,406 are Americans who claimed to be of Italian ancestry. Italian Americans made up 5.6 percent of the total United States population. Italian Americans have shown substantial increases in the level of education. Italian Americans have significantly lower percentages of “not a high school graduate” and significantly higher percentages of high school graduates and bachelor's degree or higher for both gender groups. Italian Americans had higher median incomes for both household and family income measures. The rate of increase has also been greater for Italian Americans as compared to all persons. Italian Americans have a very similar pattern of marital status when compared to the general population. Italian Americans now on average have substantially higher earnings than persons in the general population.

Keywords: demographic analysis; Italian Americans; population; 2000 census; education; income; marital status

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Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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