U.S. Census Releases 2020 Data for Nearly 1,500 Detailed Race and Ethnicity Groups, Tribes and Villages
From the U.S. Census:
The U.S. Census Bureau today released 2020 Census population counts and sex-by-age statistics for 300 detailed race and ethnic groups, as well as 1,187 detailed American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) tribes and villages.
These data come from the 2020 Census Detailed Demographic and Housing Characteristics File A (Detailed DHC-A). Previously, the Census Bureau released 2020 Census data on the Hispanic or Latino population and major race groups such as White, Black or African American, Asian, etc.
Today’s release adds information on detailed groups within those major categories such as German, Lebanese, Jamaican, Chinese, Native Hawaiian and Mexican — and on AIAN tribes and villages like the Navajo Nation. The release includes information about more than 200 detailed race and ethnic groups not tabulated from previous censuses.
More information about the detailed groups is available in the America Counts stories:
- New Population Counts for Nearly 1,500 Race and Ethnicity Groups
- Asian Indian Was the Largest Asian Alone Population Group in 2020
- Detailed Look at Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander Groups
- 3.5 Million People Reported Middle Eastern and North African Descent in 2020
The Census Bureau also published a working paper on Understanding Counts of Afro-Latino Responses in the 2020 Census, presenting the different ways of tabulating Afro-Latino responses.
The Census Bureau will release stories about the detailed populations within the Hispanic, American Indian and Alaska Native, White, Black or African American, and Some Other Race populations over the next few weeks.
Exploring the Data
The Detailed DHC-A data are available in the interactive visualization Detailed Races and Ethnicities in the United States and Puerto Rico: 2020 Census. This visualization maps the largest and second largest detailed groups by state and county and provides ranking lists of detailed groups by racial or ethnic group and by geography.
The complete set of Detailed DHC-A tables are also available on data.census.gov. For assistance accessing and using the data, check out the short videos and how-to guides with screenshots in the Detailed DHC-A press kit.
Data Quality and Confidentiality
The amount of data available for the detailed racial and ethnic groups and AIAN tribes and villages depends on their population size within a specific geography. This approach allows the Census Bureau to produce as much detail as possible while ensuring strong confidentiality protections and is described in more detail in the blog Data Quality for Detailed Race and Ethnicity Groups and American Indian and Alaska Native Tribes and Villages in the 2020 Census.
For more information on how the Census Bureau collects, codes and tabulates statistics on race and Hispanic or Latino origin, explore the 2020 Census subject definitions webpages, the 2020 Census Detailed DHC-A Technical Documentation, and the blog What You Should Know About the Upcoming Detailed Demographic and Housing Characteristics File A.
Information on confidentiality protections and data accuracy for the 2020 Census is available on the 2020 Census Data Products: Disclosure Avoidance Modernization website.
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