Black Americans make up 12.5% of the U.S. population but account for 22.4% of COVID-19 deaths: Shares of population vs. shares of COVID-19 deaths, by race

Indicator Black White
Share of population (unweighted) 12.5% 60.4%
Share of population (weighted) 18.2% 41.4%
Share of COVID-19 deaths 22.4% 52.3%


Notes: White refers to non-Hispanic whites, black refers to blacks alone. All shares are as of May 13, 2020. Shares of COVID-19 deaths are based on provisional death counts. Weighted population shares reflect the racial distribution of the geographic locations where COVID-19 outbreaks are occurring, and help to ascertain whether disproportionate deaths are occurring within certain racial groups.

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