Data Dictionary: ACS 2007 (1-Year Estimates)
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Table: B16005G. Nativity By Language Spoken At Home By Ability To Speak English For The Population 5 Years And Over (Two Or More Races) [45]
Universe: Two or more races population 5 years and over
Table Details
B16005G. Nativity By Language Spoken At Home By Ability To Speak English For The Population 5 Years And Over (Two Or More Races)
Universe: Two or more races population 5 years and over
Variable Label
B16005G001
B16005G002
B16005G003
B16005G004
B16005G005
B16005G006
B16005G007
B16005G008
B16005G009
B16005G010
B16005G011
B16005G012
B16005G013
B16005G014
B16005G015
B16005G016
B16005G017
B16005G018
B16005G019
B16005G020
B16005G021
B16005G022
B16005G023
B16005G024
B16005G025
B16005G026
B16005G027
B16005G028
B16005G029
B16005G030
B16005G031
B16005G032
B16005G033
B16005G034
B16005G035
B16005G036
B16005G037
B16005G038
B16005G039
B16005G040
B16005G041
B16005G042
B16005G043
B16005G044
B16005G045
Relevant Documentation:
Excerpt from: Social Explorer; U.S. Census Bureau; American Community Survey 2007 Summary File: Technical Documentation.
 
Place of Birth
The data on place of birth were derived from answers to Question 7. Respondents were asked to select one of two categories:
(1) in the United States, or
(2) outside the United States. In the American Community Survey, respondents selecting category
(1) were then asked to report the name of the state while respondents selecting category
(2) were then asked to report the name of the foreign country, or Puerto Rico, Guam, etc. In the Puerto Rico Community Survey, respondents selecting category
(1) were also asked to report the name of the state, while respondents selecting category
(2) were then asked to print Puerto Rico or the name of the foreign country, or U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, etc. People not reporting a place of birth were assigned the state or country of birth of another family member, or were allocated the response of another individual with similar characteristics. People born outside the United States were asked to report their place of birth according to current international boundaries. Since numerous changes in boundaries of foreign countries have occurred in the last century, some people may have reported their place of birth in terms of boundaries that existed at the time of their birth or emigration, or in accordance with their own national preference.
Nativity
Information on place of birth and citizenship status was used to classify the population into two major categories: native and foreign born.
Native
The native population includes anyone who was a U.S. citizen at birth. The native population includes those born in the United States, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Marianas, or the U.S. Virgin Islands, as well as those born abroad of at least one U.S. citizen parent. The native population is divided into the following groups: people born in the state in which they resided at the time of the survey; people born in a different state, by region; people born in Puerto Rico or one of the U.S. Island Areas; and people born abroad with at least one U.S. citizen parent. (See also "Citizenship Status.")
Foreign Born
The foreign-born population includes anyone who was not a U.S. citizen at birth. This includes respondents who indicated they were a U.S. citizen by naturalization or not a U.S. citizen. (See also "Citizenship Status.") The foreign-born population is shown by selected area, country, or region of birth. The places of birth shown in data products were chosen based on the number of respondents who reported that area or country of birth.
Limitation of the Data
Beginning in 2006, the group quarters (GQ) population is included in the ACS. Some types of GQ populations may have place of birth distributions that are different from the household population. The inclusion of the GQ population could therefore have a noticeable impact on the place of birth distribution. This is particularly true for areas with a substantial GQ population.
Question/Concept History
The 1996-1998 American Community Survey question asked respondents to write in the U.S. state, territory, commonwealth or foreign country where this person was born. Beginning in 1999, the question asked "Where was this person born?" and provided two check-boxes, each with a write-in space.
Language Spoken at Home
Data on language spoken at home were derived from answers to the 2007 American Community Survey Questions 13a and 13b. These questions were asked only of persons 5 years of age and older. Instructions mailed with the American Community Survey questionnaire instructed respondents to mark "Yes" on Question 13a if they sometimes or always spoke a language other than English at home, and "No" if a language was spoken only at school - or if speaking was limited to a few expressions or slang. For Question 13b, respondents printed the name of the non-English language they spoke at home. If the person spoke more than one non-English language, they reported the language spoken most often. If the language spoken most frequently could not be determined, the respondent reported the language learned first.
Questions 13a and 13b referred to languages spoken at home in an effort to measure the current use of languages other than English. This category excluded respondents who spoke a language other than English exclusively outside of the home.
Most respondents who reported speaking a language other than English also spoke English. The questions did not permit a determination of the primary language of persons who spoke both English and another language.
An automated computer system coded write-in responses to Question 13b into more than 380 detailed language categories. This automated procedure compared write-in responses with a master computer code list - which contained approximately 55,000 previously coded language names and variants - and then assigned a detailed language category to each write-in response. The computerized matching assured that identical alphabetic entries received the same code. Clerical coding categorized any write-in responses that did not match the computer dictionary. When multiple languages other than English were specified, only the first was coded.
The write-in responses represented the names people used for languages they spoke. They may not have matched the names or categories used by professional linguists. The categories used were sometimes geographic and sometimes linguistic. The following table provides an illustration of the content of the classification schemes used to present language data.
Four and Thirty-Nine Group Classifications of Languages Spoken at Home with Illustrative Examples
Four-Group Classification Thirty-nine Group Classification Examples
Spanish Spanish or Spanish Creole Spanish, Ladino, Pachuco
Other Indo-European languages French French, Cajun, Patois
French Creole Haitian Creole
Italian Italian
Portuguese or Portuguese Creole Portuguese, Papia Mentae
German German, Luxembourgian
Yiddish Yiddish
Other West Germanic languages Dutch, Pennsylvania Dutch, Afrikaans
Scandinavian languages Danish, Norwegian, Swedish
Greek Greek
Russian Russian
Polish Polish
Serbo-Croatian Serbo-Croatian, Croatian, Serbian
Other Slavic languages Czech, Slovak, Ukrainian
Armenian Armenian
Persian Persian
Gujarathi Gujarathi
Hindi Hindi
Urdu Urdu
Other Indic languages Bengali, Marathi, Punjabi, Romany
Other Indo-European languages Albanian, Gaelic, Lithuanian,Rumanian
Asian and Pacific Island languages Chinese Cantonese, Formosan, Mandarin
Japanese Japanese
Korean Korean
Mon-Khmer, Cambodian Mon-Khmer, Cambodian
Hmong Hmong
Thai Thai
Laotian Laotian
Vietnamese Vietnamese
Other Asian languages Dravidian languages (Malayalam, Telugu, Tamil),Turkish
Tagalog Tagalog
Other Pacific Island languages Chamorro, Hawaiian, Ilocano, Indonesian, Samoan
All other languages Navajo Navajo
Other Native North American languages Apache, Cherokee, Dakota, Pima, Yupik
Hungarian Hungarian
Arabic Arabic
Hebrew Hebrew
African languages Amharic, Ibo, Twi, Yoruba, Bantu, Swahili, Somali
Other and unspecified languages Syriac, Finnish, Other languages of the Americas, not reported

Ability to Speak English
Respondents who reported speaking a language other than English were asked to indicate their English-speaking ability based on one of the following categories: "Very well," "Well," "Not well," or "Not at all." Ideally, the data on ability to speak English represented a person's perception of their own English-speaking ability. However, because one household member usually completes American Community Survey questionnaires, the responses may have represented the perception of another household member. Respondents were not instructed on how to interpret the response categories in Question 13c.
Excerpt from: Social Explorer; U.S. Census Bureau; American Community Survey 2007 Summary File: Technical Documentation.
 
Age
The data on age were derived from answers to Question 2. The age classification is based on the age of the person in complete years at the time of interview. Both age and date of birth are used in combination to calculate the most accurate age at the time of the interview. Inconsistently reported and missing values are assigned or imputed based on the values of other variables for that person, from other people in the household, or from people in other households ("hot deck" imputation). Data on age are used to determine the applicability of other questions for a particular individual and to classify other characteristics in tabulations. Age data are needed to interpret most social and economic characteristics used to plan and analyze programs and policies. Therefore, age data are tabulated by many different age groupings, such as 5-year age groups.
Median Age
The median age is the age that divides the population into two equal-size groups. Half of the population is older than the median age and half is younger. Median age is based on a standard distribution of the population by single years of age and is shown to the nearest tenth of a year. (See the sections on "Standard Distributions" and "Medians" under "Derived Measures.")
Age Dependency Ratio
The age dependency ratio is derived by dividing the combined under-18 and 65-and-over populations by the 18-to-64 population and multiplying by 100.
Old-Age Dependency Ratio
The old-age dependency ratio is derived by dividing the population 65 years and over by the 18-to-64 population and multiplying by 100.
Child Dependency Ratio
The child dependency ratio is derived by dividing the population under 18 years by the 18-to-64 population, and multiplying by 100.
Limitation of the Data
Caution should be taken when comparing population in age groups across time. The entire population continually ages into older age groups over time and babies fill in the youngest age group. Therefore, the population of a certain age is made up of a completely different group of people in 2000 and 2007. Since populations occasionally experience booms/increases and busts/decreases in births, deaths, or migration (for example, the postwar Baby Boom from 1946-1964), one should not necessarily expect that the population in an age group in Census 2000 should be similar in size or proportion to the population in the same age group in the 2007 ACS. For example, Baby Boomers were age 36 to 54 in Census 2000 while they were age 44 to 62 in the 2007 ACS. Therefore, the age group 55 to 59 would show a considerable increase in population when comparing Census 2000 data with the 2007 ACS data.
Beginning in 2006, the population in group quarters (GQ) is included in the ACS. Some types of GQ populations have age distributions that are very different from the household population. The inclusion of the GQ population could therefore have a noticeable impact on the age distribution. This is particularly true for areas with a substantial GQ population.
Question/Concept History
The 1996-2002 American Community Survey question asked for month, day, and year of birth before age. Since 2003, the American Community Survey question asked for age, followed by month, day, and year of birth. In 2007, an additional instruction was provided with the age and date of birth question on the American Community Survey questionnaire to report babies as age 0 when the child was less than 1 year old. The addition of this instruction occurred after 2005 National Census Test results indicated increased accuracy of age reporting for babies less than one year old.
Excerpt from: Social Explorer; U.S. Census Bureau; American Community Survey 2007 Summary File: Technical Documentation.
 
Two or More Races
People may have chosen to provide two or more races either by checking two or more race response check boxes, by providing multiple responses, or by some combination of check boxes and write-in responses. The race response categories shown on the questionnaire are collapsed into the five minimum races identified by the OMB, and the Census Bureau's "Some other race" category. For data product purposes, "Two or More Races" refers to combinations of two or more of the following race categories:
1. White
2. Black or African American
3. American Indian and Alaska Native
4. Asian
5. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander
6. Some other race

There are 57 possible combinations (see below) involving the race categories shown above. Thus, according to this approach, a response of "White" and "Asia"n was tallied as two or more races, while a response of Japanese and Chinese was not because "Japanese" and "Chinese" are both Asian responses. Tabulations of responses involving reporting of two or more races within the American Indian and Alaska Native, Asian, or Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander categories are available in other data products.
Excerpt from: Social Explorer; U.S. Census Bureau; American Community Survey 2007 Summary File: Technical Documentation.
 
Two or More Races (57 Possible Specified Combinations)

  1. White; Black or African American

  2. White; American Indian and Alaska Native

  3. White; Asian

  4. White; Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

  5. White; Some other race

  6. Black or African American; American Indian and Alaska Native

  7. Black or African American; Asian

  8. Black or African American; Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

  9. Black or African American; Some other race

  10. American Indian and Alaska Native; Asian

  11. American Indian and Alaska Native; Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

  12. American Indian and Alaska Native; Some other race

  13. Asian; Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

  14. Asian; Some other race

  15. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander; Some other race

  16. White; Black or African American; American Indian and Alaska Native

  17. White; Black or African American; Asian

  18. White; Black or African American; Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

  19. White; Black or African American; Some other race

  20. White; American Indian and Alaska Native; Asian

  21. White; American Indian and Alaska Native; Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

  22. White; American Indian and Alaska Native; Some other race

  23. White; Asian; Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

  24. White; Asian; Some other race

  25. White; Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander; Some other race

  26. Black or African American; American Indian and Alaska Native; Asian

  27. Black or African American; American Indian and Alaska Native; Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

  28. Black or African American; American Indian and Alaska Native; Some other race

  29. Black or African American; Asian; Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

  30. Black or African American; Asian; Some other race

  31. Black or African American; Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander; Some other race

  32. American Indian and Alaska Native; Asian; Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

  33. American Indian and Alaska Native; Asian; Some other race

  34. American Indian and Alaska Native; Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander; Some other race

  35. Asian; Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander; Some other race

  36. White; Black or African American; American Indian and Alaska Native; Asian

  37. White; Black or African American; American Indian and Alaska Native; Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

  38. White; Black or African American; American Indian and Alaska Native; Some other race

  39. White; Black or African American; Asian; Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

  40. White; Black or African American; Asian; Some other race

  41. White; Black or African American; Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander; Some other race

  42. White; American Indian and Alaska Native; Asian; Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

  43. White; American Indian and Alaska Native; Asian; Some other race

  44. White; American Indian and Alaska Native; Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander; Some other race

  45. White; Asian; Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander; Some other race

  46. Black or African American; American Indian and Alaska Native; Asian; Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

  47. Black or African American; American Indian and Alaska Native; Asian; Some other race

  48. Black or African American; American Indian and Alaska Native; Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander; Some other race

  49. Black or African American; Asian; Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander; Some other race

  50. American Indian and Alaska Native; Asian; Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander; Some other race

  51. White; Black or African American; American Indian and Alaska Native; Asian; Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

  52. White; Black or African American; American Indian and Alaska Native; Asian; Some other race

  53. White; Black or African American; American Indian and Alaska Native; Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander; Some other race

  54. White; Black or African American; Asian; Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander; Some other race

  55. White; American Indian and Alaska Native; Asian; Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander; Some other race

  56. Black or African American; American Indian and Alaska Native; Asian; Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander; Some other race

  57. White; Black or African American; American Indian and Alaska Native; Asian; Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander; Some other race



Given the many possible ways of displaying data on two or more races, data products will provide varying levels of detail. The most common presentation shows a single line indicating "Two or more races." Some data products provide totals of all 57 possible race combinations, as well as subtotals of people reporting a specific number of races, such as people reporting two races, people reporting three races, and so on. In other presentations on race, data are shown for the total number of people who reported one of the six categories alone or in combination with one or more other race categories. For example, the category, "Asian alone or in combination with one or more other races" includes people who reported Asian alone and people who reported Asian in combination with White, Black or African American, Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander, and/or Some other race. This number, therefore, represents the maximum number of people who reported as Asian in the question on race. When this data presentation is used, the individual race categories will add to more than the total population because people may be included in more than one category.