Race and ethnicity in the United States Census defined by...

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Race and ethnicity in the United States Census , defined by the federal Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the United States Census Bureau , are self-identification data items in which residents choose the race or races with which they most closely identify, and indicate whether or not they are of Hispanic or Latino origin. OMB requires five minimum categories: White, Black or African American, American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian, and Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander. The racial classification is being led based on a social-political construct for the race that respondents consider themselves to be and, "generally reflect a social definition of race recognized in this country. OMB defines the concept of race as outlined for the U.S. Census taking into account as "social and cultural characteristics as well as ancestry", using "appropriate scientific methodologies. The race categories include both racial and national-origin groups.
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