This report presents a statistical portrait of the demographic and socioeconomic characteristics of young persons—those 14 to 24 years old in 1974—born from approximately 1950 through 1960. These were the years of the greatest birth boom in United States history. Because of their growing numbers, as these persons reach employment age and begin to form families to their own, interest in the youth of America has increased in recent years.
The current report updates "Characteristics of American Youth: 1972," Current Population Reports, Series P-23, No. 44, and is the fifth in a series on the subject. Many of the figures on youth have been published previously, but they are being brought together here for convenient use. This report describes the most recent trends in the demographic and socioeconomic characteristics of young persons, particularly those which have occurred between the late 1960's and early 1970's. Data are included on numbers and racial composition, metropolitan-nonmetropolitan residence, migration, education, marital status, family composition, fertility, labor force status, occupation, income, voting, and crime. Special emphasis is placed on the school enrollment of American youth.
Some of the highlights on youth featured include the following:
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