Data Dictionary: Census 2000
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Survey: Census 2000
Data Source: U.S. Census Bureau and Social Explorer
Table: T207. Place Of Birth For The Foreign-Born Population [126]
Universe: Foreign-born population
Table Details
T207. Place Of Birth For The Foreign-Born Population
Universe: Foreign-born population
Variable Label
T207_001
T207_002
T207_003
T207_004
T207_005
T207_006
T207_007
T207_008
T207_009
T207_010
T207_011
T207_012
T207_013
T207_014
T207_015
T207_016
T207_017
T207_018
T207_019
T207_020
T207_021
T207_022
T207_023
T207_024
T207_025
T207_026
T207_027
T207_028
T207_029
T207_030
T207_031
T207_032
T207_033
T207_034
T207_035
T207_036
T207_037
T207_038
T207_039
T207_040
T207_041
T207_042
T207_043
T207_044
T207_045
T207_046
T207_047
T207_048
T207_049
T207_050
T207_051
T207_052
T207_053
T207_054
T207_055
T207_056
T207_057
T207_058
T207_059
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T207_061
T207_062
T207_063
T207_064
T207_065
T207_066
T207_067
T207_068
T207_069
T207_070
T207_071
T207_072
T207_073
T207_074
T207_075
T207_076
T207_077
T207_078
T207_079
T207_080
T207_081
T207_082
T207_083
T207_084
T207_085
T207_086
T207_087
T207_088
T207_089
T207_090
T207_091
T207_092
T207_093
T207_094
T207_095
T207_096
T207_097
T207_098
T207_099
T207_100
T207_101
T207_102
T207_103
T207_104
T207_105
T207_106
T207_107
T207_108
T207_109
T207_110
T207_111
T207_112
T207_113
T207_114
T207_115
T207_116
T207_117
T207_118
T207_119
T207_120
T207_121
T207_122
T207_123
T207_124
T207_125
T207_126
Relevant Documentation:
Excerpt from: Social Explorer, U.S. Census Bureau; 2000 Census of Population and Housing, Summary File 3: Technical Documentation, 2002.
 
Place of Birth
The data on place of birth were derived from answers to long-form questionnaire Item 12 which was asked of a sample of the population. Respondents were asked to report the U.S. state, Puerto Rico, U.S. Island Area, or foreign country where they were born. People not reporting a place of birth were assigned the state or country of birth of another family member or their residence 5 years earlier, or were imputed the response of another person 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 question for residents of Puerto Rico was identical to the question on the stateside questionnaires. The same code lists were used to code the responses and similar edits were applied.

Nativity
Information on place of birth and citizenship status was used to classify the population into two major categories: native and foreign born. (See "Native" and "Foreign Born" under "Citizenship Status.")

Comparability
The 2000 decennial census place of birth question matches the 1999 and subsequent American Community Survey (ACS) questions. The 1990 decennial census place of birth question matches the 1996-1998 ACS questions. For the 2000 decennial census and post-1998 ACS samples, separate check boxes and write-in spaces were used for people born in the United Sates and those born outside the United States.

Data on place of birth have been collected in each U.S. census since 1850. In prior censuses, the place of birth question asked respondents to report the state or foreign country where they were born. There were no check boxes in prior censuses. Nonresponse to the place of birth question has been imputed to some degree since 1970. For 1970 through 1990, state of birth was imputed for people born in the United States; people born outside the United States were assigned "born abroad, country not specified" or "born in an outlying area, not specified." In 2000, a specific Island Area (referred to as "outlying areas" in previous censuses) or country of birth was imputed.

Data on place of birth for Puerto Rico was asked beginning in 1910. In censuses prior to 2000, the place of birth question asked respondents to report the municipio in Puerto Rico as well as the U.S. state or the foreign country where they were born. Tabulations for those censuses showed people who were born in the same or a different municipio. Municipio of birth was not asked in 2000. Nonresponse was imputed in 1980 and 1990 for all questions, but a specific foreign country was not imputed until 2000.

Parental nativity (birthplace of parents) was asked of a sample of the population in each decennial census between 1870 and 1970. The 1980, 1990, and 2000 decennial censuses instead included a question on ancestry, except for the U.S. Island Areas (such as Guam) which asked the parental nativity question. (See "Ancestry.")

Excerpt from: Social Explorer, U.S. Census Bureau; 2000 Census of Population and Housing, Summary File 3: Technical Documentation, 2002.
 
Foreign born
The foreign-born population includes all people who were not U.S. citizens at birth. Foreign-born people are those who indicated they were either a U.S. citizen by naturalization or they were not a citizen of the United States.

Census 2000 does not ask about immigration status. The population surveyed includes all people who indicated that the United States was their usual place of residence on the census date. The foreign-born population includes: immigrants (legal permanent residents), temporary migrants (e.g., students), humanitarian migrants (e.g., refugees), and unauthorized migrants (people illegally residing in the United States).

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. (See "Place of Birth.")