Child Race and Ethnicity: American Community Survey (ACS), 2005-2016

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Why This Indicator Matters

As a state, Connecticut has become increasingly diverse over the last two decades, mirroring the nationwide growth of populations of color. However, nearly 60 of Connecticut’s child population is non-Hispanic White, and children of color are still more heavily concentrated in the state’s few urban areas. Whenever possible, this report includes indicators disaggregated by race and ethnicity in an attempt to shed light on persistent racial and ethnic disparities in outcomes and well-being, which are often obscured by statewide data.

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This indicator reports the percentage of children under the age of 18 who fall into the racial and ethnic categories designated by the U.S. Census. Where Census data is used, racial and ethnic categories refer to the categories self-reported by the head of the household or individual Census respondent. Respondents may report more than one racial group, and people of any racial group may also report any ethnic origin.

The racial and ethnic categories for which data in this report is gathered are White (not Hispanic or Latino), Black or African American, Asian, Two or More racial categories, and Other, a designation which includes Pacific Islander, Native Hawaiian, Native American Indian and other ethnic groups that are combined due to small numbers. The ethnic groups include Hispanic or Latino and non-Hispanic or Latino.

Data Source:

U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates 2005-2009, 2007-2011, 2009-2013, 2011-2015, 2012-2016, Tables B1001, B01001B, B01001D, B01001F, B01001G, and B01001I.

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Children under the age of 18 of each racial and/or ethnic group are summed to calculate the total child population for each racial and/or ethnic category. These totals are then divided by the total number of children to calculate the percentage of the child population in each racial and/or ethnic category.