ERIC Number: ED264332
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Dec
How Many Samoans? An Evaluation of the 1980 Census Count of Samoans in the United States.
Hayes, Geoffrey; Levin, Michael J.
This paper examines various estimates of the Samoan population in the United States and assesses their relation to 1980 census data. Because Samoans were enumerated for the first time as a separate group, because there are no national records of Samoan births and deaths, and because there are no data on migration to the United States or movement back and forth between the United States and Samoa, estimates vary considerably. The 1980 census counts are compared with other estimates using demographic methods which can provide an estimate of the coverage error. A base population for the United States is established and census data from American Samoa, Western Samoa and New Zealand are combined with vital and migration statistics to provide a means of estimating the "expected" Samoan population in the United States in 1980. The discrepancy between the population enumerated in the 1980 census and that estimated by these methods ranges from 4,600 to 8,900, representing percentage differences of from 10 to 17 percent. The 1980 census counted 42,000 Samoans in the United States; the estimated population from this analysis is between 46,600 and 51,000. (Author/CG)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Employment and Training Administration (DOL), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Northwest Regional Educational Lab., Portland, OR.