Under the SMRC definition, the Hispanic category includes all individuals who identify ethnically as Hispanic, regardless of whether they also identify racially as white, black, other, or as belonging to multiple racial groups. As such, the Anglo category consists of non-Hispanic, single-race whites, the Black category consists of non-Hispanic, single-race blacks, and the other category is comprised of all remaining non-Hispanic, single-race individuals and all multi-race individuals.
MMRC differs slightly in that non-Hispanic, multi-race individuals were not exclusively classified as Other. Under the MMRC definition, any person identifying as non-Hispanic black and one other race would be counted in the Black category, while any person identifying as non-Hispanic white and one other race, not including black, would be counted in the Anglo category. Non-Hispanic individuals of two or more races, provided none of the races where black or white, were classified as Other. Beyond this scenario, SMRC and MMRC population data on this site are the same.
The following examples are meant to illustrate differences between the SMRC and MMRC schemes:
A) An individual identified as non-Hispanic, Native Hawaiian, and white on the recent census:
SMRC - This individual would be classified as Other.
MMRC - This individual would be classified as Anglo.
B) An individual identified as Hispanic, black, and Filipino on the recent census:
SMRC & MMRC - This individual would be classified as Hispanic.
In terms of relative size, the Other group was most affected by the transition from MMRC to SMRC, as it absorbed multi-race individuals who were previously classified as Anglo or Black. For example, in the 2010 statewide population totals, the Other category increases by 281,661 people, or approximately 25%, when you transition from MMRC to SMRC. The Black and Anglo categories decrease with SMRC, but by relatively smaller percentages. Hispanic totals do not differ between MMRC and SMRC.
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