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The new census categories are expected to be included in 2030. Photo credit: Pixabay.
The new census categories are expected to be included in 2030. Photo: Pixabay.

Biden Administration proposes adding Latino nationalities to the U.S. Census

Colombian, Puerto Rican and Cuban are the new titles he proposes to add under the race category.

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In the 2020 census, "some other race" turned out to be the most common response for over 15% of the population, 93% of whom were of Hispanic or Latino origin. As a result, the Biden Administration has proposed to add Latin American nationalities to the U.S. Census.  

After realizing the trend, the Biden Administration worked with a group of officials to propose a different view of the race and ethnicity categories, NBC News reported. 

"Restructuring those categories would be more comprehensive and allow people to have more options when choosing how to describe their identity," NBC News wrote. 

The terms the administration seeks to include in the next census would be the "Colombian," "Puerto Rican," and "Cuban," as well as other regional descriptors that would allow respondents to more easily and accurately identify themselves. 

According to the last Census data, the "some other race" box made it difficult to count the population, as people were influenced by different aspects to check one of the categories. 

Currently, the "Hispanic" or "Latino" items appear in the ethnicity category. Meanwhile, only five options are given in the race category — American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian, Black or African American, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, or White.  

It is because of that lack of representation that the administration is seeking to include new items for migrants with heritage from the aforementioned Latin American countries or territories. 

A 2015 survey by the Pew Research Center states that 17% of Hispanic adults believe it has to do with race, 29% said it is based on ancestry, while 42% believe it has more to do with culture. 

The next U.S. Census will be conducted in 2030.

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