Census Bureau

Interracial Tables

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Table 1. Race of Wife by Race of Husband: 1960, 1970, 1980, 1991, and 1992 (5k)
Table 2. Race of Couples: 1990 (2k)
Table 3. Hispanic Origin of Couples: 1990 (2k)
Table 4. Race of Child by Race of Householder and of Spouse or Partner: 1990 (2k)
Table 5. Hispanic Origin of Child, by Hispanic Origin of Householder and of Spouse or Partner: 1990 (2k)

Source of Data

The tabulations show data from the 1990, 1980, and 1970 censuses. The 1990 tabulations source is the 5-percent Public Use Microdata Sample (PUMS). The 1980 data for the Total, White, and Black populations are from the 1980 5-percent PUMS and those from the 1970 census are based on the 20-percent sample. The 1970 and 1980 data for American Indian, Eskimo, and Aleut, and Asian and Pacific Islander are based on 100-percent counts from unpublished tabulations. In the 1970 and 1980 data files, some Asian and Pacific Islander groups (such as Cambodian, Pakistani, and Tongan) are included in the "Other" race group because write-ins were not coded until the long (sample) forms were processed. Limited data are presented for 1960 and are based on the short form data.

The data on married couples are based on information reported in the decennial census, not marriage certificates. The children are the householder's own, step, or adopted child(ren) as reported in the census. The householder is the person in whose name the housing unit is owned or being rented.

The number of children in mixed-race households was obtained by cross-tabulating the race of the child by the race of the mother and father in married-couple households for the four major race groups (White; Black; American Indian, Eskimo and Aleut; and Asian and Pacific Islander). Children under 18 years old in married-couple families were identified as residing in a mixed-race household if the race for the parents, step-parent or unmarried partner and child living in the household are different, or if the race reported on the census form for the child differ from that of at least one parent, step-parent or unmarried partner.

All data are subject to sampling variability, respondent classification errors, and data processing mistakes. The Census Bureau has taken steps to minimize errors. However, because of methodological differences, use caution when comparing these data with data from other sources.

For Further Information

Contact: Racial Statistics Branch, U.S. Census Bureau, 301-763-2402.

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Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division,
Racial Statistics Branch

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