Data Dictionary: ACS 2007 -- 2009 (3-Year Estimates)
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Table: B05006. Place Of Birth For The Foreign-Born Population [161]
Universe: Foreign-born population excluding population born at sea
Table Details
B05006. Place Of Birth For The Foreign-Born Population
Universe: Foreign-born population excluding population born at sea
Variable Label
B05006001
B05006002
B05006003
B05006004
B05006005
B05006006
B05006007
B05006008
B05006009
B05006010
B05006011
B05006012
B05006013
B05006014
B05006015
B05006016
B05006017
B05006018
B05006019
B05006020
B05006021
B05006022
B05006023
B05006024
B05006025
B05006026
B05006027
B05006028
B05006029
B05006030
B05006031
B05006032
B05006033
B05006034
B05006035
B05006036
B05006037
B05006038
B05006039
B05006040
B05006041
B05006042
B05006043
B05006044
B05006045
B05006046
B05006047
B05006048
B05006049
B05006050
B05006051
B05006052
B05006053
B05006054
B05006055
B05006056
B05006057
B05006058
B05006059
B05006060
B05006061
B05006062
B05006063
B05006064
B05006065
B05006066
B05006067
B05006068
B05006069
B05006070
B05006071
B05006072
B05006073
B05006074
B05006075
B05006076
B05006077
B05006078
B05006079
B05006080
B05006081
B05006082
B05006083
B05006084
B05006085
B05006086
B05006087
B05006088
B05006089
B05006090
B05006091
B05006092
B05006093
B05006094
B05006095
B05006096
B05006097
B05006098
B05006099
B05006100
B05006101
B05006102
B05006103
B05006104
B05006105
B05006106
B05006107
B05006108
B05006109
B05006110
B05006111
B05006112
B05006113
B05006114
B05006115
B05006116
B05006117
B05006118
B05006119
B05006120
B05006121
B05006122
B05006123
B05006124
B05006125
B05006126
B05006127
B05006128
B05006129
B05006130
B05006131
B05006132
B05006133
B05006134
B05006135
B05006136
B05006137
B05006138
B05006139
B05006140
B05006141
B05006142
B05006143
B05006144
B05006145
B05006146
B05006147
B05006148
B05006149
B05006150
B05006151
B05006152
B05006153
B05006154
B05006155
B05006156
B05006157
B05006158
B05006159
B05006160
B05006161
Relevant Documentation:
Excerpt from: Social Explorer; U.S. Census Bureau; American Community Survey 2007-2009 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.

The place of birth questions along with the citizenship status question provide essential data for setting and evaluating immigration policies and laws. Knowing the characterisitcs of immigrants helps legislators and others understand how different immigrant groups are assimilated. Federal agencies require these data to develop programs for refugees and other foreign-born individuals. Vital information on lifetime migration among states also comes from the place of birth question.

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.

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.

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.

Comparability
This data source is comparable to the decennial censuses. See the 2009 Code List for Place of Birth Code List.