The latest 2020 census results offer a detailed insight into the racial and ethnic diversity of the United States.
Understanding the changes: The 2020 U.S. Census let people check off multiple boxes and provide detailed responses for their race and ethnicity, unlike past national head counts.
* For the first time since 1960, the agency asked people who marked the box for “White” and/or “Black” to also specify their non-Hispanic origins, such as German, Haitian, Irish or Jamaican.
* This approach also encouraged more people of Middle Eastern or North African descent, who are officially categorized by the U.S government as white, to share details about their backgrounds.
Challenges and Limitations: The Census Bureau tried to match all the write-in responses to its public list of official categories, but identity classifications can be complicated and hard to capture neatly.
* Some people chose not to write a detailed response about their identity, in which case the Census Bureau labeled their responses as “not specified”.
Please note: The article does not provide a detailed breakdown of people’s responses.
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