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Project RACE started Multiracial Heritage Week in 2014. “Multiracial Heritage Week (MHW) is a celebration for all people. It highlights our similarities, not our differences. It’s an opportunity for the multiracial community to get recognition from government officials at the state and local levels through the issuing of proclamations. It’s also a good reason for celebrations in all 50 states.”

The U.S. Census Bureau collects racial data in accordance with guidelines provided by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and these data are based on self-identification.

The racial categories included in the census questionnaire generally reflect a social definition of race recognized in this country and not an attempt to define race biologically, anthropologically, or genetically. In addition, it is recognized that the categories of the race item include racial and national origin or sociocultural groups. People may choose to report more than one race to indicate their racial mixture such as “American Indian” and “White.” People who identify their origin as Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish may be of any race.

OMB requires five minimum categories: White, Black or African American, American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian, and Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander.

Presidential Proclamation 1997

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Key Stats:

Source: 2017 American Community Survey, 1-Year Estimates.

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Note: The table above is cropped at the bottom. Click on the image to see the full table. To see how the population of two or more races — estimate 10,715,465 — breaks down by state, sex, age, nativity and citizenship status, see Table B05003G below.

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More Stats:

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Source: 2017 Population Estimates.

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Source: 2010 Census National Summary File of Redistricting Data.

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Source: 2010 Census and 2000 Census.

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