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1970 Census of Population, Supplementary Report: Race of the Population for Standard Metropolitan Statistical Areas, Urbanized Areas, and Places of 50,000 or More: 1970

Report Number PC(S1)-15

(The table presented here is a reprint of table 67 of the Final Report PC(1)-B1, General Population Characteristics, United States Summary, which contains additional summary information on the general characteristics of the population as well as more detailed technical explanations)

In 1970, persons of Negro and other races constituted 13.5 percent of the total population in standard metropolitan statistical areas (SMSA's). In urbanized areas, which for the most part represent the urban part of this metropolitan population, the percentage increased to 14.8. The percentage was highest, however, (20.3 percent) in places of 50,000 or more. In short, the proportion of Negro and other races was higher in the relatively large cities than elsewhere in metropolitan areas. In New York City and Chicago, the Negro population ranged between 1 and 2 million. The Japanese population of Honolulu was more than 100,000 and, although only about 55,000 were in the city of Los Angeles, there were 114,000 in the Los Angeles-Long Beach Urbanized Area. Between 50,000 and 100,000 Chinese were enumerated in both New York City and San Francisco. There were 29,500 Filipinos in Honolulu and 24,700 in San Francisco. There were nearly 10,000 Indians in New York City.

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