Posts Tagged ‘census’

The Most Common Ethnicities In America

Friday, August 16th, 2013

(Business Insider) Ancestry is a broad concept. While we revise our feature on the most common ethnicities in America, presented below is the data we used to identify the dominant flavors in the great melting pot.

The tables come from Census data on generalAsian, Hispanic or Latino, and American Indian populations.



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Census Bureau drops use of ‘Negro’ in surveys

Saturday, March 2nd, 2013

(Los Angeles Times) After more than a century, the Census Bureau is dropping its use of the word "Negro" to describe black Americans in surveys.

Instead, census forms will use "black" or "African American."

The change will take effect next year when the Census Bureau distributes its annual American Community Survey to more than 3.5 million U.S. households, Nicholas Jones, chief of the bureau's racial statistics branch, said in an interview.

He pointed to months of public feedback and census research that concluded few black Americans still identify with being Negro and that many view the term that came into use during the Jim Crow era of racial segregation as "offensive and outdated."

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New data confirm big drop in illegal immigration

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

(NBC News) New census data released Thursday affirm a clear and sustained drop in illegal immigration, ending more than a decade of increases.

The number of illegal immigrants in the U.S. dropped to an estimated 11.1 million last year from a peak of 12 million in 2007, part of an overall waning of Hispanic immigration. For the first time since 1910, Hispanic immigration last year was topped by immigrants from Asia.

Demographers say illegal Hispanic immigration — 80 percent of all illegal immigration comes from Mexico and Latin America — isn't likely to approach its mid-2000 peak again, due in part to a weakened U.S. economy and stronger enforcement but also a graying of the Mexican population.

The finding suggests an uphill battle for the Republicans, who passed legislation in the House last week that would extend citizenship to a limited pool of foreign students with advanced degrees but who are sharply divided on whether to pursue broader immigration measures. 

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Asian American consumers: Nearing $1 trillion in buying power

Monday, November 26th, 2012


(Los Angeles Times) Some staggering new figures about Asian American consumers are out this month: Their buying power is up 523% since 1990, reaching $718.4 billion this year. If the demographic were a nation, it’d be the 18th-largest economy in the world.

Within five years, Asian American buying power will surge over $1 trillion, according to a report this month from Nielsen. At the moment, 28% of households in the group have annual incomes greater than $100,000, compared with 18% of all Americans.

They shop more often than their white counterparts but are less likely to use shopping lists or coupons, meaning that they’re more likely to be influenced by the product assortment, signage and deals in stores.

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The 10 Most Diverse Zip Codes In America

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

(Business Insider) Can a neighborhood's racial diversity actually mean a healthier housing market?


When Trulia real estate expert Jed Kolko examined the most diverse zip codes in the U.S., he found they not only saw faster population growth in the last year but also saw housing values rise more than others. 

It's becoming more clear that "Americans are moving toward diverse neighborhoods," Kolko writes in "Finding Diversity in America."

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Latino Electorate Will Nearly Double In 20 Years, Pew Report Says

Monday, November 19th, 2012


(Huffington Post) If last week’s election outcome stunned Mitt Romney's campaign and converted some Republicans to the orthodoxy of urgent and comprehensive immigration reform, then a Pew Hispanic Center report released Wednesday may spin the political world off its axis.

In the next two decades, a convergence of social and demographic trends will nearly double the number of Latinos who are eligible to vote, from 23.7 million today to about 40 million by 2032, according to the Pew report. In 2012, Latinos comprised 11 percent of the electorate. They will make up 16 percent of eligible voters by 2032, the report said.

Latino voters already are the fastest-growing portion of the electorate and cast 10 percent of all the ballots in the presidential election. The Pew report shows Latinos will be an indisputable key to the White House, several state capitols and thousands of local councils and school boards. Such a dramatic shift in the American electorate -– the adults who are eligible to register and vote -– could force new political alliances, policy priorities and alter who wins public office.

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America’s Most Diverse Neighborhoods

Thursday, November 15th, 2012


(National Journal) This is the first part in a two-part series on America's most diverse neighborhoods. Read part two here.

Abraham Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving a national holiday during the Civil War, in an attempt to restore peace and unity to the United States. In today’s diverse America, Thanksgiving remains widely celebrated and crosses religious, racial, and ethnic lines (though some Native Americans consider Thanksgiving a Day of Mourning), with Americans from different regions of the U.S. and different countries around the globe bringing their own traditions to the Thanksgiving table.

This Thanksgiving, we wanted to see which neighborhoods best reflect American diversity. To do so, we identified the country’s most diverse neighborhoods and metros using Census data on race and ethnicity. We measured diversity as the share of a metro area’s or ZIP code’s population in its largest racial or ethnic group: the smaller the share of the largest group, the more diverse the neighborhood is. For instance, an area that is 70 percent white (the largest group), 20 percent black, and 10 percent Asian is less diverse than one that is 60 percent Hispanic (the largest group), 30 percent white, and 10 percent  black. In this example, the second neighborhood is more diverse because the largest group accounts for 60 percent of the population versus 70 percent in the first neighborhood (see note about Census racial and ethnic definitions at end of post).

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Record number of Asian-Americans running for U.S. Congress

Friday, August 10th, 2012


( With their surging Census numbers, Asian-Americans are taking the next step: They are running for public office.

Including Pacific Islanders, 30 Asian-Americans launched campaigns for Congress this year, compared with 10 in 2010 and eight in 2008, according to the Asian Pacific Institute of Congressional Studies (APICS).

A nonpartisan political group, APICS tracks the political engagement of Asian Pacific Americans, now the fastest-growing ethnic group in the United States, but long considered a non-player in the political arena.

"It's extremely exciting," says Gloria Chan, APICS president and CEO. "We could really stand to gain seats and affect the balance of power in Congress."

It was a sentiment widely shared at the OCA Asian Pacific American national convention that ended Sunday at the Planet Hollywood Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

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Census data shows minorities now a majority of U.S. births

Sunday, May 20th, 2012


(USA Today) More than half of all babies born last year were members of minority groups, the first time in U.S. history. It's a sign of how swiftly the USA is becoming a nation of younger minorities and older whites.

Hispanics, blacks, Asians and other minorities in 2011 accounted for 50.4% of births, 49.7% of all children under 5 and slightly more than half of the 4 million kids under 1, the Census Bureau reports today.


The nation's growing diversity has huge implications for education, economics and politics. "Children are in the vanguard of this transition," says Kenneth Johnson, a demographer at the University of New Hampshire's Carsey Institute.

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Ethnic Labels Not Embraced by Latino Community, Study Finds Source: Ethnic Labels Not Embraced by Latino Community, Study Finds

Friday, April 6th, 2012


(NBC – San Diego) A majority of Americans with origins in Spanish-speaking countries do not embrace terms such as "Latino" or "Hispanic" in describing themselves, a new Pew survey found.

More than half of the Pew Hispanic Center's respondents say they prefer to just say which country their family is from.

About 40 years ago, the U.S. government mandated the use of the terms "Hispanic" or "Latino" to categorize Americans with roots in Spanish-speaking countries for census data.

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