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Definitions of Racial & Ethnic Minority Populations

Racial and ethnic minority populations are defined as:

  • Asian American,
  • Black or African American,
  • Hispanic or Latino,
  • Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander,
  • American Indian and Alaska Native.

See below for definitions of specific population groups.


For more information, See:

US Census Bureau, 2010 Census Briefs,
Overview of Race and Hispanic Origin: 2010

US Office of Managment and Budget (OMB),
OMB Bulletin Guidance on Aggregation and Allocation of Data on Race

Asian

Asian American

People having origins in any of the original peoples of the Far East, Southeast Asia, or the Indian subcontinent.

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Black or African American

Black or African American
People having origins in any of the black racial groups of Africa.

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Hispanic or Latino

Hispanic/Latino

A person of Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin, regardless of race.

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Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander (NHOPI)

NHOPI
People having origins in any of the original peoples of Hawaii, Guam, Samoa, or other Pacific Islands.

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Multiracial

Multiracial

People having origins in two or more of the federally designated racial categories.

Note: Though OMB and Census 2000 use "two or more races," we use the term "multiracial" because it is the term most widely used and accepted by advocacy groups and state laws.

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White

White

People having origins in any of the original peoples of Europe, the Middle East, or North Africa.


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