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Accessing Data on Race and Ethnicity

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  • Hello and welcome to this Data Access Tool tutorial brought to you by the U.S. Census Bureau.
  • For this exercise, we will demonstrate how to access data on race and ethnicity located in the 2010 Census Summary File 1 Dataset.
  • We will answer the question: Which state has more Hispanic or Latinos who consider themselves white alone?  Kansas or Nebraska?
  • To begin, click the American FactFinder link on 
  • This directs you to the American FactFinder home page.
  • You can find the link to the American FactFinder from the drop down menu here, or you can scroll down to the bottom of the homepage to the “megafooter” and select it from here.
  • From this page there are various ways you can start your search. 
  • For this example, we will use the Quick Start function.
  • In the “topic or table name” search box, type “total population”. 
  • You will notice a search results list appears below the search box that shows the most popular results based on what was entered.
  • You can either click on one of the results from the list or click “GO” for more detailed results.
  • Your search results for total population display.
  • Please note the “Your Selections” box on the left of your screen.
  • This box shows you what type of data are present in the Search results.
  • You can refine your search results by adding items to this box through the filters below.
  • Let’s add a filter to refine our results to display data from a specific dataset.  Under Topics, click Dataset. 
  • The dataset folder expands to list the possible selections to refine your search.
  • Find and select 2010 SF1 100% data.
  • This selection is added to the Your Selections box and your search results now only display data from this dataset.
  • Now, let us refine our search further to give us search results on Hispanic and Latino ethnicity.
  • Under the Topics tab, select People. 
  • From the drop down list, select Race and Ethnicity; then Hispanic or Latino.  
  • The selection is reflected in the Your Selections box and the search results page refreshes.
  • Now that we have refined the topic to reflect our search, we will do the same for Geography.  
  • Click the Geographies tab.
  • A new “Select Geographies” window will open.
  • The Geography results window is defaulted to 25 views per page.
  • Using the drop down arrow, change the per page count to 50.
  • The screen automatically refreshes and displays 50 results per page.
  • Find the states Kansas and Nebraska and click the check boxes located to the left for each one. 
  • Then click Add.
  • You will notice that these selections add to the “Your Selections” box in the main window.
  • Now that the Geographies are added to our search results, close the Select Geographies window.
  • The search results displayed are now filtered to find our answer.
  • Click on Hispanic or Latino Origin by Race in the search results.
  • The Results page displays the data.
  • So to answer our question about “whether Kansas or Nebraska has more Hispanic or Latinos who consider themselves white alone,” review the results and find the data for Hispanic or Latino: white alone. 
  • You’ll see that the answer is Kansas at 160,505.
  • For more information on Race and Ethnicity please visit,
  • Congratulations! 
  • You have completed this Data Access Tool tutorial brought to you by the U.S. Census Bureau.
  • Thanks for watching!
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