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Infographic: Government Collection of Race and Ethnicity Data

Infographic: Government Collection of Race and Ethnicity Data

The decennial census has undergone significant changes as the U.S. population has evolved. Rapidly changing demographics continue to present challenges to the U.S. government in its effort to collect demographic data.

See also: The Evolution of Race and Ethnicity Classifications in the Decennial Census” by Farah Z. Ahmad and Jamal Hagler


Farah Z. Ahmad is a Senior Policy Analyst for Progress 2050 at American Progress. Jamal Hagler is the Special Assistant for Progress 2050 at the Center.

The authors would like to thank Maya Campbell, Tanya Arditi, Vanessa Cárdenas, Denys Reyes, John Zhang, and Emmanuel Hurtado for their input and review. The authors would also like to extend a special thanks to Chester Hawkins for his talent and patience.  

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Farah Z. Ahmad

Senior Policy Analyst, Progress 2050

Jamal Hagler

Research Assistant