ERIC Number: ED473465
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-May-9
Counting the "Other Hispanics": How Many Colombians, Dominicans, Ecuadorians, Guatemalans and Salvadorans Are There in the United States?
Census 2000 reported large increases from Census 1990 in the number of Hispanics identifying themselves as "other Spanish/Hispanic/Latino" and produced a lower count of several Central and South American nationalities compared to projections based on data tracking immigration trends. This study describes an alternative estimate of the breakdown of the Hispanic population according to national origin groups. Based on recent Census Bureau data, it reduces the "other" category by more than half, offering a new calculation of how national groups are distributed. The number of Dominicans apparently increased by 80 percent between 1990-2000 to over 938,000 nationwide, compared to the Census 2000 count of 764,495 (a 47 percent increase). The El Salvadoran population apparently increased by 65 percent nationally to over 932,000, compared to Census 2000's count of 655,155 (a 16 percent increase). The Mexican population may have grown by 60 percent to over 22 million rather than 20.6 million (54 percent) shown in Census 2000. Florida's Central American and South American populations are nearly 55 percent and 37 percent larger, respectively, in the alternative estimate. These results are largely due to changes in the questionnaire. Appendices contain tables and figures; evidence about questionnaire design effects; "The New Latinos: Who They Are, Where They Are" (John R. Logan); and Mumford estimates of Hispanic-origin populations. (SM)
Descriptors: Data Collection, Ethnicity, Hispanic Americans, Immigration, Latin Americans, Population Trends, Research Methodology
Pew Hispanic Center, 1919 M Street, N.W., Suite 460, Washington, DC 20036. Tel: 202-292-3300; Fax: 202-785-8282; Web site: http://www.pewhispanic.org.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Pew Hispanic Center, Washington, DC.