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Single-Race Resident Population Estimates
United States, State and County
for the years 2010 - 2017

Single-Race Population Estimates Data Summary

Summary:   

The Census Bureau releases single-race population estimates of the July 1st resident population of the United States. These estimates are based on the April 1st 2010 Census counts, with six "single-race" race categories as specified in the 1997 Office of Management and Budget (OMB) standards for the collection of data on race and ethnicity: American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian, Black or African American, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, White, More than one race. Beginning in 2016, all jurisdictions and the National Center for Health Statistics are reporting race consistent with the 1997 Office of Management and Budget standards ("single race"). Single race is defined as one race reported on the birth certificate.

About different "vintages" or series of population estimates:

  • On the 2010-2017 data request page, Vintage 2017 postcensal estimates of the July 1 resident population are available for year 2010 and later. July 1, 2017 population estimates are the denominators for 2017 birth and death rates reported by the National Center for Health Statistics.
  • On the 2010-2016 data request page, Vintage 2016 postcensal estimates of the July 1 resident population are available for year 2010 and later. July 1, 2016 population estimates are the denominators for 2016 birth and death rates reported by the National Center for Health Statistics.

About postcensal and intercensal population estimates:

  • Postcensal estimates:
    Postcensal population estimates are estimates made for the years following a census, before the next census has been taken. Postcensal estimates are derived by updating the resident population enumerated in the decennial census using various measures of population change. Each year following the decennial census, the U.S. Census Bureau produces a series of postcensal estimates that includes estimates for the current data year and revised estimates for earlier years. Estimates for earlier years in a given series are revised to reflect 1) changes in the components of population change data sets (for example, a preliminary natality file is replaced with a final natality file), 2) challenges to the population estimates, and 3) changes in the estimation methodology. A series of estimates is referred to as a Vintage and the last year in a series is used to name it. For example, the Vintage 2017 postcensal series has estimates for July 1, 2010, July 1, 2011, July 1, 2012, July 1, 2013, July 1, 2014, July 1,2015 July 1, 2016 and July 1, 2017. Because of the revisions made to the estimates in each series, estimates for a given year from different series will differ.
  • Intercensal estimates:
    Intercensal population estimates are estimates made for the years between two completed censuses which take into account both censuses. Intercensal estimates are derived by adjusting the final postcensal series of estimates for the decade to account for differences between the enumerated April 1, census counts (from the census at the end of the decade) and the postcensal estimates of the April 1 population (from the final postcensal series). For example, after completion of the 2020 census, the postcensal estimates for the period between April 1, 2010 and April 1, 2020 were modified to account for differences between the April 1, 2020 census count and April 1 postcensal estimate (based on the 2010 census). The patterns of population change observed over the decade are preserved. Intercensal estimates supersede the postcensal estimates previously made for the time period. The 2010-2019 intercensal estimates are based on both the 2010 and 2020 census counts.

The Single-Race Population data on WONDER are updated annually to include the most recently available single-race population estimates. Earlier versions are maintained as separate online databases.

Source:    All of the single-race population estimates in these online databases are produced by the U.S. Census Bureau. See Data Source Information for more details. See also Suggested Citation below.

In WONDER:    You can produce tables, maps, charts, and data extracts. Request national, state and county single-race population estimates. You can limit and index your data by any and all of these variables:
  1. Location - National, Regional, State and County;
  2. Year - July 1st estimates for 2010 through last year of the series;
  3. Race - 6 Single-race categories: American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian, Black or African American, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, White, More than one race;
  4. Ethnicity - Hispanic or Latino, Non-Hispanic;
  5. Sex (Gender) - Female, Male;
  6. Age - age groups (ages 0-4 years, 5 year age groups through age 84, age 85 and older).
Contents:    Single-race Population Estimates Data Request
Data Source Information
Additional Information
Suggested Citation
County-level Geographic Boundary Changes


Single-Race Population Data Request

Output:    You can produce tables, maps, charts, and data extracts.

Variables:   
  1. Location - National, State and County (no territories); Regions and Divisions in Vintage 2005 and later years only;
  2. Year - July 1st estimates for 1990 through last year of series;
  3. Race - 6 single-race categories: American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian, Black or African American, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, White, More than one race;
  4. Ethnicity - Hispanic or Latino, Non-Hispanic;
  5. Sex (Gender) - Female, Male;
  6. Age - age groups (ages 0-4 years, 5 year age groups through age 84, age 85 and older).
How?    The request screen has 4 sections. Work through these sections sequentially to form your data request in a step-by-step process. First-time users may wish to see what a results table looks like before forming a request, and can obtain the default data table simply by clicking on any of the SEND buttons on the request page. The data table produced by a data request appears on the Table screen. From the Table screen, you can return to the Data Request screen by clicking on the Request tab above the table. After you get your data results, click on tabs to go to the Chart and Map screens. Click on the Export button above the table to download a tab-delimited line listed file to your computer.

For more information, see the following:

Quick Start Guide;
Step 1, Organize and label results;
Step 2, Select location and time;
Step 3, Select demographics;
Step 4, Other Options.

'By-Variables'    Select variables that serve as keys (indexes) for organizing your data. See How do I organize my data? for more information.
Note:   To map your data, you must select at least one geographical location as a "By-Variable" for grouping your data, such as Region or State.
Help:    Click on any button labeled "Help", located to the right hand side of the screen at the top of each section. Each Control's label, such as the "Location" label next to the Location entry box, is linked to the on-line help for that item.
Send:    Sends your data request to be processed on the CDC WONDER databases. The Send buttons are located on the bottom of the Request page, and also in the upper right corner of each section, for easy access.



Step 1. Organize table layout:
Group Results By:   Select up to five variables to group (summarize, stratify, index) your data. See Group Results By below for more specifics and hints.
Title:   Enter any desired description to display as a title with your results.



Group Results By

Select up to five variables to group (summarize, stratify, index) your data. For example, you could select to group your data by State and by County. The list of variables includes:

  1. Location - National, State and County (no territories);
  2. Year - July 1st estimates for 1990 through last year of series;
  3. Race - 6 single-race categories: American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian, Black or African American, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, White, More than one race;
  4. Ethnicity - Hispanic or Latino, Non-Hispanic;
  5. Sex (Gender) - Female, Male;
  6. Age - age groups (ages 0-4 years, 5 year age groups through age 84, age 85 and older).
How?    See How do I organize my data? for more information.

Hints:   

  1. To make a map, you must "group results by" a geographic variable, such as Region or State, as the first "By-Variable." After you get the table, then click the Map tab.
  2. You cannot make charts when your data has more than two By-Variables.
  3. You cannot make charts for data grouped by State and also by County.
  4. When grouping by more than one geographic variable, select them in order of size. For example, group by region, and by state, and by county.


Step 2. Select location:

Limit your data request to specific locations here. The default settings are national data, the United States.


Location

Use this field to specify the location or locations to be included in the data request. You may select a single county or a group of counties, a single state or a group of states, one or more regions, or the total U.S. Be sure the button for the geographic list you want to use is checked when selecting location values.

How?  
  1. Click the round radio button to choose between Regions (includes Divisions, States and Counties) or States (includes Counties).
  2. See How do I use a Finder? for hints on how to search for and select your desired locations.
    • The default value is all locations (the United States).
    • See Finder Tool help for more hints.

Notes:   

  • About Regions and Divisions:
    • Regions and Divisions include States and Counties.
    • Regions and Division are only available for the Vintage 2005 and later years.
    • The regions and divisions are from the United States Census Bureau.

      Region 1 - Northeast:

      • Division 1 - New England:    Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont.
      • Division 2 - Middle Atlantic:    New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania.

      Region 2 - Midwest:

      • Division 3 - East North Central:    Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin.
      • Division 4 - West North Central:    Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota.

      Region 3 - South:

      • Division 5 - South Atlantic:    Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia.
      • Division 6 - East South Central:    Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, Tennessee.
      • Division 7 - West South Central:    Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas.

      Region 4 - West:

      • Division 8 - Mountain:    Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming.
      • Division 9 - Pacific:    Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington.

    • When you export the results of your data request, the location name and the codes are in separate columns.
    • To see the full list of locations and codes, group your data by Region and by Division.
  • About state and county codes:
    • All state and county codes in this data are Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) codes. The counties and county equivalents included on the population files change over time. See Location Changes for more information.
    • When you export the results of your data request, the location names and the FIPS codes are in separate columns.
    • To see the full list of locations and codes, group your data by State and by County.
  • About location changes:
    The counties and county equivalents included on the population files change over time. Please see Location Changes for more information.


Step 3. Select demographics and years:
Limit your data for any of the following data elements:
  1. Age Groups - Age Groups - (infants under 1 year, age 1-4 years, 5 year age groups through age 84, age 85 and over);
  2. Sex (Gender) - Female, Male
  3. Race - 6 single-race categories: American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian, Black or African American, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, White, More than one race;
  4. Ethnicity - Hispanic or Latino, Not Hispanic or Latino
  5. July 1st Estimates - July 1st estimate for each year in series

Age Groups

Population estimates are available by 5-year age groups.
How?   See How do I select items from the list box? to select values.

Note:  The U.S. Census Bureau annually releases population estimates for five-year age groups and race at the county level (www.census.gov).


Age Groups

The Age Groups field contains values for age groups: 0-4 years, 5-year age groups for ages 5 years through 84 years, and 85 years and over. Select any combination of values.

How?   See How do I select items from the list box?.

Notes:

  • When the data results are exported to a file, the Age Group Code is shown, as well as the sort sequence value.
  • The Age Group Code is PHIN compatible through age 84 years.


Code Description
01 LESS THAN 1 YEAR
01-04 1 TO 4 YEARS
05-09 5 TO 9 YEARS
10-14 10 TO 14 YEARS
15-19 15 TO 19 YEARS
20-24 20 TO 24 YEARS
25-29 25 TO 29 YEARS
30-34 30 TO 34 YEARS
35-39 35 TO 39 YEARS
40-44 40 TO 44 YEARS
45-49 45 TO 49 YEARS
50-54 50 TO 54 YEARS
55-59 54 TO 59 YEARS
60-64 60 TO 64 YEARS
65-69 65 TO 69 YEARS
70-74 70 TO 74 YEARS
75-79 75 TO 79 YEARS
80-84 80 TO 84 YEARS
85+ 85 YEARS or OVER



Gender

Select Male, Female or All values.

Notes:   
  • WONDER codes for gender are PHIN standards compliant.
  • When you export the results of your data request, the labels and the codes are in separate columns:
    F      Female
    M      Male


Race

This field contains values for the six single-race categories: American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian, Black or African American, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, White, More than one race. Select All Races or any combination of the values.

Notes:   
  • The labels and codes are shown in separate columns when data results are exported.
  • WONDER race category codes are PHIN compliant.


Ethnicity

Select All Ethnicities or any combination of values: Hispanic or Latino, Not Hispanic nor Latino.

Notes:   
  • The labels and codes are shown in separate columns when data results are exported.
  • WONDER ethnicity category codes are PHIN compliant.

Code    Description
2186-5    NOT HISPANIC or LATINO
2135-2    HISPANIC or LATINO



Yearly July 1st Estimates

Pick any combination of years desired.


Step 4. Other options:
Export Results:    If checked, then query results are exported to a local file. More information on how to import this file into other applications can be found here.
How?   See Check Box.
Show Totals:    If checked, then totals and sub-totals display in the results table.
How?   See Check Box.
Show Zero Values:    If checked, then rows containing zero counts display in the results table. If unchecked, then zero count rows are not displayed.
How?   See Check Box.
Precision:    Precision is not available for this dataset because population counts are whole numbers.
Data Access Timeout:    This value specifies the maximum time to wait for the data access for a query to complete. If the data access takes too long to complete, a message will be displayed and you can increase the timeout or simplify your request. If you can't complete a request using the maximum timeout, contact user support and we will try to run a custom data request for you.

Data Source Information

All of the population estimates in these online databases are single-race population estimates produced by the U.S. Census Bureau, available from www.census.gov

To learn more about the methods used to derive single-race population estimates please refer to:

Methodology: Population Estimates Technical Documentation.

The data files used in each online data base are listed below. All data files can be downloaded from www.census.gov.



Additional Information

Suggested Citation:    Single-race Population Estimates, United States
July 1st resident population by state, county, age, sex, single-race, and Hispanic origin,
on CDC WONDER Online Database.
  • Vintage 2017 estimates released by U.S. Census Bureau on June 21, 2018.
  • Vintage 2016 estimates released by U.S. Census Bureau on June 22, 2017.

Each original series of population estimates has a unique suggested citation. Please refer to Data Source Information to reference the original technical reference notes and citation for a specific series. See also Population Estimates at the Census Bureau web site.

Contact:    CDC's National Center for Health Statistics welcomes comments and questions about Population Estimates at PopEst@cdc.gov.
Notes:   
  • The potential for error is greatest for the smallest population groups, particularly the smaller race groups and county level estimates. Although efforts are made to use the best available data and methods to produce estimates, the modeling process introduces error into the estimates.
  • Postcensal population estimates are estimates made for the years following a census, before the next census has been taken. Postcensal estimates are derived by updating the population enumerated in the decennial census using various measures of population change.
  • Intercensal population estimates are made for the period of time between decennial census years after the second census is completed, and such estimates replace the previous population projections for the time period. For example, the 1990-1999 intercensal estimates, which represent a revision of the annual time series of July 1 county postcensal population estimates by age, sex, race and Hispanic origin, were produced by the Population Estimates Program of the U.S. Bureau of the Census. These intercensal population estimates are based on the estimates of the April 1, 2000 resident population developed by the Bureau of the Census.
  • County Geography
    Location changes at the county level include:
    • Bedford City, Virginia (FIPS code 51515), formerly an independent city, merged with Bedford County (FIPS code 51019) on July 1, 2013.
    • Shannon County, South Dakota (FIPS code 46113) was renamed to Oglala Lakota County, South Dakota (FIPS code 46102) effective July 1, 2015.
    • Wade Hampton Census Area, Alaska (FIPS code 02270) was renamed to Kusilvak Census Area, Alaska (FIPS code 02158) effective July 1, 2015.




This page last reviewed: Tuesday, September 25, 2018
This information is provided as technical reference material. Please contact us at cwus@cdc.gov to request a simple text version of this document.
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