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Q&A: Finding out about "Race" and "race categories" in the 2000 Census

Question: How is "race" defined in 2000 US Census?

Answer: How "race" is handled by the Census Bureau changed with the 2000 Census. For the first time the Census Bureau did not put people in tight categories, but persons could choose the race category they thought best fitted them. This means that there will be a number of race categories and mixed categories when the data is presented.

The best start for anyone asking for the list of 63 race categories in the 2000 census can be found in a slide show in the Census web site.

The most useful URL from the Census site will be
http://www.census.gov/mso/www/rsf/racedata/sld015.htm

The whole slide presentation on Race is at:

Census 2000: Data on Race and Hispamic Origin (36
slides:

http://www.census.gov/mso/www/rsf/racedata/sld001.htm

Eric Heath, for Joan Loftus and Elizabeth Cowell

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