Overview of Race and Hispanic Origin: 2010

Karen R. Humes
Nicholas A. Jones
Roberto R. Ramirez

2010 Census Briefs, U.S. Department of Commerce, Economics and Statistics Administration, U.S. CENSUS BUREAU


This report looks at our nation’s changing racial and ethnic diversity. It is part of a series that analyzes population and housing data collected from the 2010 Census, and it provides a snapshot of race and Hispanic origin in the United States. Racial and ethnic population group distributions and growth at the national level and at lower levels of geography are presented.

This report also provides an overview of race and ethnicity concepts and definitions used in the 2010 Census. The data for this report are based on the 2010 Census Redistricting Data (Public Law 94-171) Summary File, which is among the first 2010 Census data products to be released and is provided to each state for use in drawing boundaries for legislative districts.