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Articles: Marshallese Reported for the First Time as Separate Detailed Group by US Census

Contributed by YokweOnline on May 09, 2012 - 09:52 PM

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The 2010 Census brief,  The Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander Population: 2010, released Tuesday reports that Marshallese immigrants had the highest reporting detailed NHPI group and no other groups. This was the first time the US Census has tabulated the Marshall Islanders population separately from other NHPI groups.

Despite the migration patterns, the migrant group from the Republic of the Marshall Islands, in the North Pacific, remains highly homogeneous. On the other hand, more than half (56 percent) of the NHPI population, or 685,000 people, indicated being Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander in combination with one or more other races. This multiracial group grew by 44 percent from 2000 to 2010.

The Marshallese population's share of the NHPI population increased by 1.1 percentage points (nearly 16,000 people).
Marshallese followed Native Hawaiian, Samoan, Guamanian or Chamorro, Tongan, and Fijian, as the sixth largest detailed NHPI reported.

The Marshallese alone-or-in-any-combination population more than tripled in size between 2000 and 2010, increasing from less than 7,000 to more than 22,000.

Of all respondents who reported Marshallese, 12 percent reported one or more other races and/ or detailed NHPI groups, including 8 percent who reported only Marshallese and another race(s) and 4 percent who reported Marshallese and another detailed NHPI group(s). Therefore, the remaining 88 percent of the Marshallese population identified as Marshallese and no other group or race.
Only 430 reported Marshallese with one or more Pacific Islander, and only 350 indicated Marshallese with one or more other races.
Hawaii, California, and Washington were consistently among the top three states with the highest proportions of the largest detailed

NHPI alone-or-in-any-combination groups. The exceptions were Texas (third most for Guamanian or Chamorro), Oregon (third most for Fijian), Utah (second most for Tongan), and Arkansas (second most for Marshallese). One-in-three Marshallese lived in Hawaii and one-
in-five resided in Arkansas.

(Excerpted from May 8, 2012:Download pdf – Census Brief)

-  U.S. Census Bureau, washington, DC

 
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