Data Dictionary: ACS 2006 -- 2010 (5-Year Estimates)
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Data Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Table: B06004D. Place Of Birth (Asian Alone) In The United States [5]
Universe: Asian alone population in the United States
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B06004D. Place Of Birth (Asian Alone) In The United States
Universe: Asian alone population in the United States
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Excerpt from: Social Explorer; U.S. Census Bureau; American Community Survey 2006-2010 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 characteristics 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 2010 Code List for Place of Birth Code List.

Excerpt from: Social Explorer; U.S. Census Bureau; American Community Survey 2006-2010 Summary File: Technical Documentation.
 
Asian
A person having origins in any of the original peoples of the Far East, Southeast Asia, or the Indian subcontinent including, for example, Cambodia, China, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippine Islands, Thailand, and Vietnam. It includes people who indicate their race as "Asian Indian," "Chinese," "Filipino," "Korean," "Japanese," "Vietnamese," and "Other Asian" or provide other detailed Asian responses.

Asian Indian
Includes people who indicate their race as "Asian Indian" or report entries such as India or East Indian.

Bangladeshi
Includes people who provide a response such as Bangladeshi or Bangladesh.

Cambodian
Includes people who provide a response such as Cambodian or Cambodia.

Chinese, except Taiwanese
Includes people who indicate their race as "Chinese" or report entries such as China or Chinese American.

Filipino
Includes people who indicate their race as "Filipino" or report entries such as Philippines or Filipino American.

Includes people who provide a response such as Hmong or Mong.

Indonesian
Includes people who provide a response such as Indonesian or Indonesia.

Japanese
Includes people who indicate their race as "Japanese" or report entries such as Japan or Japanese American.

Korean
Includes people who indicate their race as "Korean" or report entries such as Korea or Korean American.

Laotian
Includes people who provide a response such as Laotian or Laos.

Malaysian
Includes people who provide a response such as Malaysian or Malaysia.

Pakistani
Includes people who provide a response such as Pakistani or Pakistan.

Sri Lankan
Includes people who provide a response such as Sri Lankan or Sri Lanka.

Taiwanese
Includes people who provide a response such as Taiwanese or Taiwan.

Includes people who provide a response such as Thai or Thailand.

Vietnamese
Includes people who indicate their race as "Vietnamese" or report entries such as Vietnam or Vietnamese American.

Other Asian
Includes people who provide a response of another Asian group not shown separately, such as Iwo Jiman, Maldivian, Mongolian, Okinawan, or Singaporean and who reported two or more specified Asian groups (and no other race).

Other Asian, not specified
Includes respondents who checked the "Other Asian" response category on the census questionnaire and did not write in a specific group or wrote in a generic term such as "Asian," or "Asiatic."