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SOC 201 - Downtown - Race, Ethnicity, Minority Groups and Social Justice: U.S. Census data

Keyed to a demographic statistics assignment for Rosalia Solorzano's Downtown Campus section

Race & Ethnicity in the Census

Defining race, ethnicity, and ancestry is complex and contentious.  The U.S. Census revises its definitions every ten years.

The U.S. Census links below help define these categories. And they point to relevant statistics.

Race--defined

Race data available

Overview of race and Hispanic origin

Ancestry

2010 Census: How it works

U.S. Census Bureau--Quick Facts

Census data have a few limitations:

  • Only parts of the 2010 Census have been released yet.
  • Due to privacy, no data is released that would identify anyone.
  • Data on smaller geographical areas are harder to get.

American Factfinder (2 versions)

Allows you to keyword search for data across many recent censuses. You can try to relate different variables.

NOTE:  Copying a URL for a table probably will NOT work.  Make sure to copy data to an email message and send it to yourself.

Subject Guide

Joe Brewer
Subjects:Psychology