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Race Defined in Census 2000

The United States Census Bureau uses the federal government's definitions of race when performing a census. These definitions have and may change between each census. For the 2000 census the census bureau considers race to be separate from Hispanic origin. Because of changes to definitions the census bureau warns the following:

The question on race for Census 2000 was different from the one for the 1990 census in several ways. Most significantly, respondents were given the option of selecting one or more race categories to indicate their racial identities. Because of these changes, the Census 2000 data on race are not directly comparable with data from the 1990 census or earlier censuses. Caution must be used when interpreting changes in the racial composition of the U.S. population over time

* Black or African American refers to people having origins in any of the Black racial groups of Africa. It includes people who indicated their race or races as "Black, African Am., or Negro", or wrote in entries such as African American, Afro American, Nigerian, or Haitian.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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