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Measure: Ethnicity   #010500


Question asking the respondent to identify whether he or she is of Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish origin. The U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) standards for the classification of federal data on race and ethnicity state that "race and ethnicity may be thought of in terms of social and cultural characteristics as well as ancestry."


Ethnicity is used to stratify study populations and to associate those populations with physical, geographic, biological, social, and cultural characteristics (e.g., Dominican). Ethnicity is a social and epidemiological factor, and individuals of some ethnicity are at greater risk for disease. By capturing the ethnicity of respondents, the researcher will be able to identify those who are or are not of Hispanic origin and will be able to stratify the study population accordingly.



Demographics, ancestry, Hispanic, Latino, population stratification, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC, National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, NHANES

Measure Release Date: May 11, 2016

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