DATA GEMS: How to Access Race Data on data.census.gov

DATA GEMS: How to Access Race Data on data.census.gov


[Music] Hi, my name is Tyson. Today I’m going to show you how to use the
advanced search of data.census.gov to access information for one of our most popular topics, Census data by race. I really think you’re going to love all the
information you can find with this trick. Let’s see how it works. Use the advanced search to access Census Bureau
data by race on data.census.gov. From the landing page, click the advanced
search link; and then find your data in the filters on the left. So, to access race and ethnicity, we first
click on topics. Then at the very bottom race and ethnicity. As we work through this panel, words and phrases
with checkboxes next to them are a final selection and ones without checkboxes tell you that
there’s more detailed option panel that will open on your right-hand side. For this example, we’ll pull up data for the
Asian Population and then show you how you can drill down further into a detailed Asian
group the Japanese Alone group. So, clicking here on Asian at the very top
of the panel is the check box for Asian. Select the check box that will provide you
data from the standard set of tables from the American Community Survey and decennial
census. On the left-hand side of our search selected
filters, we do see Asian, and we click search on the lower right to run it. Moving over to the tables tab here in our
upper left, we see lots of tables here for the Asian Alone population. Starting here at B02001 the table on
race. There’s five major basic race categories from
the Census Bureau: White Alone, black or African-American Alone, American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian
and Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander. Keep in mind that Census Bureau data race
is self-reported and a person may report more than one race. So, from here, we can see over 18 million
Asians in the United States, and we have 112 different tables to look at characteristics. Things like income, educational attainment,
or labor force status for this group. If we’d like to drill down into a more detailed
group we can also similarly access this through
the advanced search, clicking the US Census Bureau logo in the upper left. Going back to the advanced search, the pathway
to select a detailed group is very similar to the way we went about selecting the
main Asian category. Again, under topics race and ethnicity Asian
but instead at the bottom of this panel where it says detailed Asian Alone, we’ll click
into that, and here we see options to select more detailed groups. As an example, 022, Japanese Alone these words
and phrases with codes next to them provide you data from special set of tables that are
repeated for these different race groups. So, in comparison to the standard tables,
you can get more detailed population, but they are typically available for higher-level
geographies with more stringent population thresholds. For this example, we can see selected population
profile in the United States S0201, that there’s about 770,000 Japanese Alone people, but the
nice thing about this table is scrolling down. We can look at all kinds of different characteristics,
things like educational attainment, as an example, with bachelor’s degree or higher being
52 percent for this population group. The advanced search is my favorite place to
explore race on data.census.gov. For more videos like this, please visit census.gov/academy
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