Census Snapshot of Arab American Community Important but Still Undercounts

Posted by on June 11, 2013 in Blog
Recently, the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS) released a report called Arab Households in the United States: 2006�2010. Using data from the 2010 census, the report is meant to serve as a snapshot of the Arab American population. Examining the ACS’ brief, it’s quite clear that one fundamental issue exists with the way the Census counts the Arab American community. As AAI executive director Maya Berry put it in a recent interview with NPR’s Code Switch, "The census undercounts our community. It always has." According to the Census Bureau’s ACS report, there are approximately 1.5 million Americans of Arab descent in the United States. In contrast, AAI says the number is more than 3.6 million.
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Arab-Americans: A ‘Growing’ Community, But By How Much?

Posted by NPR on May 30, 2013 in News Clips

One-and-a-half million Americans today claim Arab ancestry, according to a new Census Beaurau report.

That's less than 1 percent of the total U.S. population.

Still, Maryam Asi, a demographer at the Census Bureau who co-wrote the report, says the Arab-American community is "growing," with a 76 percent increase since 1990 and 25 percent increase since 2000.

Some advocates of the Arab-American community, however, have raised questions about whether these numbers reflect the actual size of the population.

"The census undercounts our community. It always has," says Maya Berry, executive director of the Arab American Institute, an...

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Census Bureau Rethinks The Best Way To Measure Race

Posted by NPR on December 27, 2012 in News Clips

Possible revisions to how the decennial census asks questions about race and ethnicity have raised concerns among some groups that any changes could reduce their population count and thus weaken their electoral clout.

The Census Bureau is considering numerous changes to the 2020 survey in an effort to improve the responses of minorities and more accurately classify Latino, Asian, Middle Eastern and multiracial populations.

Potential options include eliminating the "Hispanic origin" question and combining it with the race question, new queries for people of Middle Eastern or North African heritage, and spaces for Asians to list their country of descent....

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Finally, Arab Americans to be counted in the US Census

Posted by on August 12, 2012 in News Clips

We welcome the recent decision by the US Census Bureau to expand the race categories it uses to count US residents. Notwithstanding, this is a controversial step that will displease many groups, but for Arab Americans, the prospects of being fully counted is a welcome step even though some have expressed reservations.

The recent recommendations released by the US Census stems from new government research on the best ways to count the nation's demographic groups. The objective of the recommendations is to keep pace with rapidly changing notions of race by making broad changes to these surveys that would treat...

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Census seeks changes in how it measures race

Posted by Fox News on August 08, 2012 in News Clips

WASHINGTON –  To keep pace with rapidly changing notions of race, the Census Bureau wants to make broad changes to its surveys that would treat "Hispanic" as a distinct category regardless of race, end use of the term "Negro" and offer new ways to identify Middle Easterners.

The recommendations released Wednesday stem from new government research on the best ways to count the nation's demographic groups. Still it could face stiff resistance from some racial and ethnic groups who worry that any kind of wording change in the high-stakes government count could yield a lower tally for them.

"This is...

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The Census, Apportionment and You

Posted by on March 25, 2011 in Blog

Census figures do more than track population growth. (Including the 43% jump in Asian population —the category that includes Arab Americans. It’s the single largest increase of any ethnic group in the US over the last decade.)

The figures also dictate Congressional apportionment, and this year’s changes will have a big impact on Arab Americans. Seven of the 20 states that will gain or lose seats are Arab American population centers. Look at it another way: of the eleven states with the highest concentrations of Arab Americans, seven will have new apportionments — and five of those are losing seats. The effected...

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Census Bureau to Release New Data From 2010 Census

Posted by on December 15, 2010 in Blog
In addition to the release of data from the decennial Census next week, The Census Bureau has released 5-year estimates from the American Community Survey (ACS). This data reflects surveying that took place from 2005-2009.
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Khalil & Da Mayor!

Posted by Makeda Saggau-Sackey on April 24, 2010 in News Clips

The awards honor those who enhance the lives of Arab Americans and promote peaceful coexistence in all walks of life. We snapped Syrian Ambassador Imad Moustapha with his wife Rafif Elsayed.

Chicago mayor Richard M. Daley received the Award for Individual Achievement for convening the first US-Arab Cities Forum with Chicago’s sister cities. (Plus after showing Rahm yesterday, it's an equal time thing.) Hizzoner is with Randa Fahmy Hudome, who runs an eponymous government relations firm.

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Your privacy is assured

Posted by AAI- Helen Samhan on March 31, 2010 in News Clips

As census forms arrive in households across the country, arguments are surfacing that aim to frighten people — in South Florida and throughout the nation — from participating. They must be corrected. The consequences of avoiding the census are real, because an undercount costs those areas millions of dollars in lost federal assistance that is tied to population totals.

One fear is that individual census responses will not be kept safe. Every Census Bureau employee has taken a lifelong oath to protect the confidentiality of census responses. Any employee who reveals any personal census information is subject to...

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Census to Count Arabs as White, Despite Write-In Campaign

Posted by Suzanne Manneh on March 25, 2010 in News Clips

The Census Bureau says it doesn’t matter if Arab Americans write their race in on their Census questionnaire. Even if they check the “other” box and write in “Arab,” as many community groups advocate, the Census will still count them as racially white. “Anyone from Europe, North Africa or the Middle East [will be classified] as white,” said Roberto Ramirez, chief of the ethnicity and ancestry branch at the Census Bureau. Ramirez said that will be the case no matter how many people write in “Arab,” because the Census Bureau is required by law to...

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