Race and Ethnicity


Race and Hispanic origin (also known as ethnicity) are defined by the Office of Management and Budget as being distinct and separate entities. An individual’s race and ethnicity classification represents their answer to two separate questions: racial identification and Hispanic or Latino ethnic identification. Race classifications include:

  • American Indian: any individual identifying as “American Indian,” “Native American,” or “Alaskan Native” and having “origins in any of the original peoples of North and South America (including Central America) and who maintains tribal affiliation or community attachment”.
  • Asian: any individual identifying as “Asian,” “Native Hawaiian,” or “Pacific Islander” and having “origins in any of the original peoples of the Far East, Southeast Asia, the Indian subcontinent, Hawaii, Guam, Samoa, or the Pacific Islands”.
  • Black: any individual identifying as “Black” or “African American” and having origins in “any of the Black racial groups of Africa”.
  • White: any individual identifying as “White” or “Caucasian” and having “origins in any of the original peoples of Europe, the Middle East, or North Africa”.

Additional classifications include “Other Race” (individuals identifying as racial groups not listed above) and Multiracial, individuals who identify as more than one of the racial groups listed above.

Hispanic or Latino ethnic origin indicates any individual identifying as “Hispanic” or “Latino” and being “a person of Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin regardless of race”. Individuals of any race can declare Hispanic ethnicity.

On this website, all specific racial groupings refer to non-Hispanic individuals; Hispanic refers to individuals of any race who identify as Hispanic.


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