CAAs served over 1.7 million two-person and three-person families and over 46,000 families with 8 or more members. The average family size of the participants who were surveyed was 2.4 members per family.
CAA program participants are ethnically diverse. Of the 15.3 million individuals served, over 9.9 million reported their race or ethnicity data to Community Action Agencies. Ethnicity data also indicated that 20 percent self-identified themselves as Hispanic or Latino. It is important to note that Hispanic or Latino is an ethnic identity, and may include individuals who identify as White, African-American, multi-racial, or other. Given the racial diversity present in this ethnic group, these responses are not aggregated with racial data below. The following racial breakdown reflects participants’ voluntarily-provided responses:
Looking at the nation as a whole, white Americans make up 61.3% of the nation’s population, while African Americans comprise 12.7% and Hispanic Americans comprise 17.8%, according to the 2016 American Community Survey conducted by the US Census Bureau.