Overview of Race and Hispanic Origin
Every census must adapt to the decade in which it is administered. New technologies emerge and change the way the U.S. Census Bureau collects and processes data. More importantly, changing lifestyles and emerging sensitivities among the people of the United States necessitate modifications to the questions that are asked. One of the most important changes for Census 2000 was the revision of the questions on race and Hispanic origin to better reflect the country’s growing diversity.
US Census Bureau. 2001. Overview of Race and Hispanic Origin. Online data retrieved at www.census.gov/prod/2001pubs/c2kbr01-1.pdf. Accessed March 10, 2015.