Counting the Multiracial Population of the United States
C. Matthew Snipp (Stanford University)
In 1997, the US Office of Management and Budget introduced a new standard for the classification of race and ethnicity. The revised standard acknowledged sweeping social changes taking place in the nation, particularly immigration, ethnic inter-marriage, and growing numbers of persons who claimed more than one racial heritage. This has led some observers to predict that the multiracial population would become a fast growing and increasingly large part of the American ethnic mosaic. This presentation will review these trends and the claims made about them with data from the 2000 decennial census and recent releases of the American Community Survey.