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The population data shows that Black/African-Americans, as a percentage, were 13.1% of the U. S. population, 12.3% of the Texas population, and 23.3% of the Dallas County population. 

Table of values for the 2012 United States Census. Population by Race/Ethnicity for the United States, Texas, and Dallas County.

Business Ownership Statistics Compared

Nonetheless, the information in the following tables reveals that the percentage of Black-owned businesses is not keeping pace with the population percentages.

Data table that compares the United States Census Bureau Population Percentages with the Percentages of the Number of Businesses in the United States, Texas, and Dallas County by Race/Ethnicity for the year 2012.

Presented above are comparison tables for the United States, Texas, and Dallas County.  Each table compares the Racial/Ethnic percentages of the general population with those percentages of business ownership.  The comparisons include both businesses that do not have paid employees and those that do have paid employees.

Looking at the population variances, Black-Owned businesses are under-represented in all three geographic areas. 

Region Businesses With No Employees Businesses With Employees
United States -1.9% -11.0%
Texas -1.7% -9.8%
Dallas County -3.2% -19.9%

The most favorable variance is that one for Texas Black-Owned businesses that do not have employees.  It shows only a negative 1.7% variance from population percentage.  Likewise for Texas, the negative 9.8% variance for the number of Black-Owned businesses that had paid employees is the most favorable one for the three geographic regions being compared.

Dallas County has the highest percentages of Black-owned businesses, both those without employees (20.1%) and those that had paid employees (3.4%) among the three geographic areas listed above.  However, it also has the largest percentage deficits compared to population for both businesses without employees (-3.2%) and those businesses with paid employees (-19.9%).