Skip Navigation Links
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC Home Search CDC CDC Health Topics A-Z    
   
small bar spacer OMHD Home About Us Sitemap Contact Us bar spacer    
Small horizontal bar collage containing four portraits; each of person of a different racial or ethnic background.
About Minority Health
Cooperative Agreements
Executive Orders
Reports & Publications
Minority Health Resources
All Populations
Racial & Ethnic Minority Populations
Training Opportunities

 

Página principal de la OMH

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Last Reviewed: Sept. 15, 2009
Last Modified: Oct. 8, 2010
Content Source:
Office of Minority Health & Health Disparities (OMHD)


White Populations

Smithsonian Institute J.C. Huntington School Scene Early 20th Century http://www.smithsonian.org/copyright/
 

Demographics 10 Leading Causes of Death High Prevalence Health Issues Health Disparities
Health Statistics Slides Government Resources Non-Government Resources
Funding Sources Notes  

 

Demographics
Whites are people having origins in any of the original peoples of Europe, the Middle East, or North Africa.1
According to the 2000 U.S. Census, those who identify only as white comprise approximately 70 percent of the total U.S. population.
The Census Bureau projects that by the year 2060, white Americans will comprise less than 50 percent of the total U.S. population.
The greatest concentrations of this population are in the Midwest and Northeast, especially Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Iowa, North Dakota, West Virginia, Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, and Colorado.2
White Americans belong to a variety of ethnic groups with distinct languages, dialects, and cultures.
Whites represent both extremes of socioeconomic and health status. Some white families have been in the United States for many generations; others are recent immigrants.
Statistics
The White Population, 2000 (pdf)  US Census Bureau Brief

Top of Pageto top of page, arrow up

10 Leading Causes of Death
White Population, U.S., 2007
  1. Heart disease 6. Alzheimer's Disease
  2. Cancer 7. Diabetes
  3. Chronic lower respiratory disease 8. Influenza and pneumonia
  4. Stroke 9. Nephritis, Nephrotic syndrome, and Nephrosis
  5. Unintentional injuries 10. Suicide
Statistics
Leading Causes of Death by Race/Ethnicity (pdf)
Health, U.S., 2010, Table 26.
 
Other High Prevalence Health Issues
In addition, white Americans have disproportionately high prevalence of the following conditions and risk factors:
 
Hypertension
     factsheet

     fastStats
Obesity
    topic page
    fastStats

Tuberculosis (TB)
    
slide
    factsheet

Top of Pageto top of page, arrow up

Health Disparities
The health status of white Americans is often used as the “baseline” against which other racial and ethnic groups are measured. However, whites experience many of the same health problems as other groups.
Factors that contribute to poor health outcomes among whites include lack of access to health care and lack of health insurance.
For more information on some of the health disparities faced by the white community click below for slides and statistics on that topic.
Statistics
Mortality Rates by Race/Ethnicity, (pdf) Health, U.S., 2006, Table 29
Mid Course Review, Healthy People 2010
Data 2010, Healthy People 2010

Top of Pageto top of page, arrow up

Slides
  Slides showing Disparity (ppt)
PowerPoint Presentation on the Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities (OMHD) containing data slides (beginning with slide 21) comparing U.S. incidence or mortality rates by race/ethnicity.
To view these slides in PDF format, see Slides (PDF)

Top of Pageto top of page, arrow up

Health Statistics
CDC's National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS)
  Health of White Population, Fast Stats
  Health Data Interactive
  Health, United States, 2006
  Mortality Rates by Race/Ethnicity, (pdf) Table 28
  Leading Causes of Death by Race/Ethnicity, (pdf) Table 30
  Healthy People 2010
  Data 2010
  Mid Course Review
U.S. Census Bureau
  The White Population, Brief, 2000 (pdf)

Top of Pageto top of page, arrow up

Government Resources
  CDC
  National Center for HIV, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHSTP)
    Office of Health Disparities, NCHSTP
    Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention
  National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP)
  National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC)
  National Immunization Program (NIP)
  National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  Cancer Health Disparities National Cancer Institute (NCI)
  National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
  National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
  National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
  SAMHSA (Mental Health)
  Mental Health
SAMHSA Surgeon General's Report
  Other
  Executive Orders & Departmental Initiatives

Top of Pageto top of page, arrow up

Non-Government Resources
  Alzheimer's Association
  American Cancer Society (ACS)
  Americans Diabetes Association (ADA)
  American Heart Association (AHA)
  American Lung Association (ALA)
  National SIDS Resource Center (NSRC)

Top of Pageto top of page, arrow up

Funding
  CDC Funding Opportunities

Top of Pageto top of page, arrow up

Sources
  1 Census Bureau, Census 2000 Brief: Overview of Race and Hispanic Origin, 2000.(pdf)
  2 The White Population, 2000 (pdf)  US Census Bureau Brief

Top of Pageto top of page, arrow up

Notes
  Census 2000 adheres to the federal standards for collecting and presenting data on race and Hispanic origin as established by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in October 1997 and subsequent guidelines.  One of the most important changes for Census 2000 was the revision of the questions on race and Hispanic origin to better reflect the country’s growing diversity. The federal government considers race and Hispanic origin to be two separate and distinct concepts. In addition, Asian Americans and Native Hawaiians and Other Pacific Islanders are counted as two separate and distinct racial groups. Because of these changes, the Census 2000 data on race are not directly comparable with data from the 1990 census or earlier censuses. Caution must be used when interpreting changes in the racial composition of the U.S. population over time.
  Census Bureau Glossary of Terms: Race, 2000.
  Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Provisional Guidance on the Implementation of the 1997 Standards for Federal Data on Race and Ethnicity, 2000.
  OMB Recommendations form the Interagency Committee for the Review of the Racial and Ethnic Standards to the OMB Concerning Changes to the Stnadards for the Classification of Federal Data on Race and Ethnicity, 1997.

Top of Pageto top of page, arrow up

 

Populations
Section Menu

  red square Definitions of Populations
  Disability
  red square Definitions of Racial & Ethnic Populations
  red square Racial & Ethnic Minority Populations
  American Indian & Alaska Native
  Asian American
  Black or African American
  Hispanic or Latino
  Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander
  Multiracial
  White
 
 

OMHD Home | About OMHD | Sitemap | Contact OMHD
Accessibility | Privacy Policy | CDC Sitemap | Search | Health Topics A-Z

Office of Minority Health & Health Disparities (OMHD)

Please Note: Links to non-Federal organizations found at this site are provided solely as a service to our users. These links do not constitute an endorsement of these organizations or their programs by CDC or the Federal Government, and none should be inferred. The CDC is not responsible for the content of the individual organization Web pages found at these links.
 


 

 
  Home | Policies and Regulations | Disclaimer | e-Government | FOIA | Other Languages | Link To Us | Contact Us  
  Safer, Healthier People
 
 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
 1600 Clifton Rd, Atlanta, GA 30333, U.S.A.
  800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636), TTY: (888) 232-6348
  24 hours/Every Day - cdcinfo@cdc.gov
  USA.gov: The U.S. Government's Official Web PortalDHHS Department of Health and Human Services