New York: A Statistical Snapshot

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With a population of 19 million, the state of New York is known for many things, one being its ethnic diversity. And as the chart below illustrates, the state has a higher percentage of most minority groups, with the exception of American Indians and Native Hawaiians, than the rest of the United States.

As far as educational attainment, New York ranks 35th and 13th, respectively, in the country for the percentage of its population 25 years and older that have obtained a high school diploma and a bachelor's degree or higher. New York has remained relatively steady in both categories since the late 1980s.

In terms of test scores, all minority groups overall score lower in the three sections of the SAT than the national mean. The exceptions: Black students in New York score higher than the national mean on the critical reading and math sections. And the mean state score for White students is one point higher than the U.S. mean.

Another interesting fact, because of its diversity, New York has a higher percentage of Black, Hispanic, Asian and women-owned businesses than the national average, according to the U.S. Census.

Educational Attainment
Data for New York

       High School Graduate   Bachelor's Degree
            or Higher             or Higher

                   State                 State
Year     Percent   Rank        Percent   Rank

2004      85.4%     35          30.6%     13
2003      84.2%     37          29.6%     13
2002      83.7%     35          28.8%     14
2001      83.2%     36          28.9%     12
2000      82.5%     39          28.7%     11

SOURCE: POSTSECONDARY.ORG, 2004

New York State Population Compared to U.S. Population, 2005

Source: Federal Statistics, 2005
www.fedstats.gov/qf/states/36000.html

                                Total Number             Percentage

Race/Ethnicity             New York        U.S.      New York     U.S.

White                     14,217,430   237,854,954     63.6%     70.1%
Black                      3,346,631    37,909,341     15.0%     11.2%
American Indian              103,981     2,863,001      0.5%      0.8%
Asian                      1,281,417    12,687,472      5.7%      3.7%
Native Hawaiian               18,204       516,612      0.1%      0.2%
Biracial or Multiracial      286,967     4,579,024      1.3%      1.4%
Hispanic                   3,101,626    42,687,224     13.9%     12.6%
Total                     22,356,256   339,097,628    100.0%    100.0%

Average Tuition and Fees,
by Sector for New York State Colleges and Universities, 2005

                                           In-State

                            2000-01   2001-02   2002-03   2003-04

SUNY            FOUR-YEAR    $3,874    $3,939    $4,785    $6,352
                TWO-YEAR     $2,996    $2,784    $2,869    $2,924

CUNY            FOUR-YEAR    $2,816    $2,823    $3,486    $4,265
                TWO-YEAR     $2,597    $2,605    $2,763    $3,034

INDEPENDENT *   FOUR-YEAR   $15,228   $16,020   $18,018   $18,882
                TWO-YEAR     $7,963    $8,326    $9,039    $8,744

PROPRIETARY     FOUR-YEAR    $9,343   $10,042   $12,926   $17,122
                TWO-YEAR     $9,253    $9,930   $10,639   $11,344

                           In-State           Out-of-State

                            2004-05   2001-01   2001-02   2002-03

SUNY            FOUR-YEAR    $6,520    $7,780    $7,788    $9,371
                TWO-YEAR     $2,972    $4,931    $5,000    $5,304

CUNY            FOUR-YEAR    $4,312    $5,865    $5,869    $7,086
                TWO-YEAR     $3,036    $3,173    $3,181    $3,339

INDEPENDENT *   FOUR-YEAR   $20,135   $15,228   $16,020   $18,018
                TWO-YEAR     $9,349    $8,584    $8,947    $9,629

PROPRIETARY     FOUR-YEAR   $17,876    $9,343   $10,042   $12,926
                TWO-YEAR    $11,762    $9,253    $9,930   $10,639

                               Out-of-State

                            2003-04   2004-05

SUNY            FOUR-YEAR   $12,600   $12,963
                TWO-YEAR     $5,690    $5,847

CUNY            FOUR-YEAR    $8,172    $8,320
                TWO-YEAR     $4,889    $4,750

INDEPENDENT *   FOUR-YEAR   $18,882   $20,135
                TWO-YEAR     $9,175    $9,982

PROPRIETARY     FOUR-YEAR   $17,122   $17,876
                TWO-YEAR    $11,344   $11,762

* Excludes Webb Institute and Cooper Union. …