Census Bureau

Race and Ethnicity Classification Consistency Between the Census Bureau and the National Center for Health Statistics

Larry Sink

Administrative Records and Methodology Research Branch
Population Division
U.S. Bureau of the Census
Washington, D.C. 20233

February 1997

POPULATION DIVISION WORKING PAPER NO. 17

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CONTENTS

Abstract
Introduction
Data and Methods
Results
Conclusions and Suggestions for Further Research
References

SUMMARY TABLES

Summary Table A
Summary Table B

TEXT TABLES

Table 1. Relationship Between Race Categories in NCHS Data and Categories Mandated by OMB
Table 2. Relationship Between Ethnicity Categories in NCHS Data and Categories Mandated by OMB
Table 3. NCHS-based demographic analysis population vs. Census for persons of age 0
Table 4. NCHS vs Census race distribution of population age 0 and mean absolute percent error (using NCHS race of child)
Table 5. NCHS vs Census race distribution of population age 0 and mean absolute percent error (using NCHS race of mother)
Table 6. NCHS vs Census race distribution of population age 0 and mean absolute percent error (using NCHS race of father)
Table 7. NCHS vs Census race distribution of population age 0 and mean absolute percent error (using NCHS race of child -- unknown recoded to White)
Table 8. NCHS vs Census race distribution of population age 0 and mean absolute percent error (using NCHS race of mother -- unknown recoded to White)
Table 9. NCHS vs Census race distribution of population age 0 and mean absolute percent error (using NCHS race of father -- unknown recoded to White)
Table 10. NCHS vs Census race distribution of population age 0 and mean absolute percent error (using NCHS race of child -- unknown recoded to Black)
Table 11. NCHS vs Census race distribution of population age 0 and mean absolute percent error (using NCHS race of mother -- unknown recoded to Black)
Table 12. NCHS vs Census race distribution of population age 0 and mean absolute percent error (using NCHS race of father -- unknown recoded to Black)
Table 13. NCHS vs Census race distribution of population age 0 and mean absolute percent error (using NCHS race of child -- unknown recoded to American Indian)
Table 14. NCHS vs Census race distribution of population age 0 and mean absolute percent error (using NCHS race of mother -- unknown recoded to American Indian)
Table 15. NCHS vs Census race distribution of population age 0 and mean absolute percent error (using NCHS race of father -- unknown recoded to American Indian)
Table 16. NCHS vs Census race distribution of population age 0 and mean absolute percent error (using NCHS race of child -- unknown recoded to Asian)
Table 17. NCHS vs Census race distribution of population age 0 and mean absolute percent error (using NCHS race of mother -- unknown recoded to Asian)
Table 18. NCHS vs Census race distribution of population age 0 and mean absolute percent error (using NCHS race of father -- unknown recoded to Asian)
Table 19. NCHS vs Census race distribution of population age 0 and mean absolute percent error (using NCHS race of child -- unknowns recoded randomly)
Table 20. NCHS vs Census race distribution of population age 0 and mean absolute percent error (using NCHS race of mother -- unknowns recoded randomly)
Table 21. NCHS vs Census race distribution of population age 0 and mean absolute percent error (using NCHS race of father -- unknowns recoded randomly)
Table 22. NCHS vs Census race distribution of population age 0 and mean absolute percent error (using NCHS race of mother except when father is American Indian -- unknown recoded to American Indian)
Table 23. NCHS vs Census race distribution of population age 0 and mean absolute percent error (using NCHS race of mother except when father is American Indian -- unknown recoded by state)
Table 24. Assignment of race to unknowns by largest difference between NCHS and Census proportions by state
Table 25. NCHS vs Census ethnicity distribution of population age 0 and mean absolute percent error (using NCHS ethnicity of mother)
Table 26. NCHS vs Census ethnicity distribution of population age 0 and mean absolute percent error (using NCHS ethnicity of father)
Table 27. NCHS vs Census ethnicity distribution of population age 0 and mean absolute percent error (using NCHS ethnicity of mother -- unknowns recoded to Hispanic)
Table 28. NCHS vs Census ethnicity distribution of population age 0 and mean absolute percent error (using NCHS ethnicity of father -- unknowns recoded to Hispanic)
Table 29. NCHS vs Census ethnicity distribution of population age 0 and mean absolute percent error (using NCHS ethnicity of mother -- unknowns recoded to non-Hispanic)
Table 30. NCHS vs Census ethnicity distribution of population age 0 and mean absolute percent error (using NCHS ethnicity of father -- unknowns recoded to non-Hispanic)
Table 31. NCHS vs Census ethnicity distribution of population age 0 and mean absolute percent error (using NCHS ethnicity of mother -- unknowns recoded randomly)
Table 32. NCHS vs Census ethnicity distribution of population age 0 and mean absolute percent error (using NCHS ethnicity of father -- unknowns recoded randomly)
Table 33. NCHS vs Census ethnicity distribution of population age 0 and mean absolute percent error (using NCHS ethnicity of father -- unknowns recoded to ethnicity of mother)
Table 34. NCHS vs Census ethnicity distribution of population age 0 and mean absolute percent error (using NCHS ethnicity of mother -- unknowns recoded to ethnicity of father)

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Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division,
Administrative Records & Methodology Research Branch

Author: Larry Sink
Last Revised: October 31, 2011 at 10:03:08 PM