2010 Census and 2008-2010 American Community Survey Report
By the Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans
This report will provide an overview of Asian and Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander populations based on the 2010 Census and the 2008-2010 American Community Survey. Five race categories are used in the Census; White, Black or African American, American Indian or Alaska Native (AIAN), Asian, and Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders (NHPI) and Hispanic Origin. For the first time in Census 2000, individuals were also able to select ‘one or more boxes’ on race to allow individuals of mixed race backgrounds to identify as such. This option continued with the 2010 Census. This report primarily focuses on the Asian and NHPI populations.
The U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) defines “Asian” as people with origins in the original peoples of the Far East, Southeast Asia, and the Indian subcontinent. For the 2010 Census, individuals were able to self-identified under seven Asian response categories; Asian Indian, Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese or Other Asian.