ERIC Number: ED452296
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Using the New Racial Categories in the 2000 Census: A KIDS COUNT/PRB Report on Census 2000.
Lee, Sharon M.
This report addresses issues that data users will face in using, interpreting, and presenting new data on race from the 2000 census, which allowed multiple racial responses. Changing how the census collects data on race is not new. Almost every census for the past 200 years has collected racial data differently than the previous census. New federal standards of collecting data on race were implemented to reflect increasing racial diversity in America and the growing number of multiracial people (particularly children). The new racial data collection standards provide a more realistic and accurate portrait of the United States. The number of people who identify with more than one race is likely to increase as interracial marriages increase and more people acknowledge their multicultural backgrounds. The new standards of collecting data on race will affect children more than adults, with more children being born to parents of different races. Data from the 2000 census show that 4 percent of children under age 18 years are multiracial, compared with 2 percent of adults. Data on race from the 2000 census cannot be directly compared with 1990 census data. Therefore, interpreting changes by racial categories from 1990-00 should be done cautiously. (Contains 26 references.) (SM)
Descriptors: Census Figures, Diversity (Student), Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Government, Intermarriage, Multiracial Persons, Race, Racial Identification
Annie E. Casey Foundation. 701 Saint Paul Street, Baltimore, MD 21202. Web site: http://www.aecf.org.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.; Population Reference Bureau, Inc., Washington, DC.