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2020 Census Questions: Race

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The 2020 Census will ask a series of questions about you and each person who lives with you. When responding, you’ll record the race of each person who is living in your home on April 1, 2020.

We understand you might have questions about providing this information. Here are some guidelines for responding:

  • Your answer to this question should be based on how you identify. Each person can decide how to answer.
  • Please note that you can mark more than one race for each person.
  • Please answer both the question about Hispanic origin and the question about race.
  • If you don't know the answer, please move on to the next question.
  • When answering on the online questionnaire, you are asked to select one or more boxes and then enter detailed origins in the fields below each checkbox. If you don't know this person's origin, you can leave this field blank. If you check a box, but leave the origin fields blank, a message will appear at the top of the screen and the blank field will be highlighted in red. If you do not know this person's origin, click next again to continue completing your response.

Once you check a category, you’ll also be asked to write in the person’s origin. The information below, listed in the same order as the questionnaire, is provided to help you respond:

White:

The category “White” includes all individuals who identify with one or more nationalities or ethnic groups originating in Europe, the Middle East, or North Africa. These groups include, but are not limited to, German, Irish, English, Italian, Lebanese, Egyptian, Polish, French, Iranian, Slavic, Cajun, and Chaldean.

Black or African American:

The category “Black or African American” includes all individuals who identify with one or more nationalities or ethnic groups originating in any of the black racial groups of Africa. Examples of these groups include, but are not limited to, African American, Jamaican, Haitian, Nigerian, Ethiopian, and Somali. The category also includes groups such as Ghanaian, South African, Barbadian, Kenyan, Liberian, and Bahamian.

American Indian or Alaska Native:

The category “American Indian or Alaska Native” includes all individuals who identify with any of the original peoples of North and South America (including Central America) and who maintain tribal affiliation or community attachment. It includes people who identify as “American Indian” or “Alaska Native” and includes groups such as Navajo Nation, Blackfeet Tribe, Mayan, Aztec, Native Village of Barrow Inupiat Traditional Government, and Nome Eskimo Community. Census respondents should report the person’s American Indian or Alaska Native tribe or tribes in the space provided.

Asian:

There are individual check boxes for people who identify as one or more of the following:

  • Chinese
  • Filipino
  • Asian Indian
  • Vietnamese
  • Korean
  • Japanese
  • Other Asian (including Pakistani, Cambodian, and Hmong)

Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander:

There are individual check boxes for people who identify as one or more of the following:

  • Native Hawaiian
  • Samoan
  • Chamorro
  • Other Pacific Islander (including Tongan, Fijian, and Mashallese)

Some Other Race:

The option “Some other race” includes all responses that don't fit within the categories above.

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