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Race and Hispanic Origin

What is the difference between Race and Ethnicity?

 

U.S. & States

  • Census. Through American FactFinder, you will be able to obtain a multitude of data that is cross-tabbed by race & ethnicity. Data are available from the 2010 Census and the American Community Survey.
  • Estimates. Population estimates produced by the U.S. Census Bureau by Race & Ethnicity are published for the U.S. for years 2000 to 2008.
  • Forecasts. The population projections program of the U.S. Census Bureau produces projections of the resident population for the years 2000 to 2050.

 

Colorado & Counties

  • Historical Census. This 1990 Census excel table illustrates race and hispanic origin data for Colorado & Counties. Data from the 2000 Census is available via American FactFinder.
  • Census. In addition to the 2010 Census data available via American FactFinder, the State Demography Office has also posted tables featuring race and Hispanic origin data on our 2010 Census data page.
  • Estimates. The U.S. Census Bureau publishes county population estimates each year for total population with details on age, sex, race and Hispanic origin. The reference date for these estimates is July 1, 2000 to 2009.
  • Forecasts. Population forecasts by race and ethnicity are produced annually at the state level only by the State Demography Office. The most recent forecasts were produced in October 2011. The forecasts are based on data from the 2000 Census Modified Race Data and expected trends in fertility and survival based on race specific birth and death data released by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Also available in Excel.
  • Population by County, Age, Race and Gender. Population estimates are produced annually by the State Demography Office. These tables are estimates of the population's age, sex, race and ethnic distribution by country for the years beginning in 2000 through 2010. These data are based on distributions from the 2000 and 2010 Census of age, sex, race and ethnicity. However, the race categories released by the Census Bureau have been bridged to the following five race categories: White non-Hispanic, Hispanic, Black non-Hispanic, Asian/PI non-Hispanic and AI/AN non-Hispanic. Please contact Cindy Degroen with any questions regarding the estimates or the bridging methods.

 

Municipalities

  • Census. Through American FactFinder, you will be able to obtain a multitude of data this is cross-tabbed by race and ethnicity. Data are available from the 2010 Census and the American Community Survey. The State Demography Office has also posted tables featuring race and Hispanic origin data on our 2010 Census data page.
  •  Estimates and Forecasts by race and Hispanic origin are not available for Colorado municipalities.

 


Race and Ethnicity

Race and ethnicity in the US Census are self-identification data items in which residents choose the race or races with which they  most closely identify, and indicate whether or not they are of Hispanic or Latino ethnicity.

 

Race and ethnicity are considered separate and distinct identities, with Hispanic or Latino origin asked as a separate questions. Thus, in addition to their race or races, all respondents are categorized by membership in one of two ethnicities, which are "Hispanic or Latino" and "Not Hispanic or Latino".