Census 2000 Uses Multiracial Categories, Tracks Growing Diversity

March 8, 2001


On March 8, 2001, USA TODAY reported that "the first detailed Census 2000 numbers show...Hispanics [are at] the point of becoming the nation's largest minority group...The 2000 Census shows that the number of Hispanics grew almost 60% since 1990, to 35.3 million." A demographer with the Milken Institute in Santa Monica, Calif. calls this "an important shift in American race relations."