Our culture and characteristics
Demographers, such as John Weeks, commonly define "race" in terms of a group of individuals who share a relatively distinct set of inheritable characteristics, like hair or eye color and complexion. Their definition of ethnicity incorporates a cultural explanation for how ancestry shapes group, and individual, culture and behavior.
Our most common source of racial and ethnic information is the U.S. Census, which typically reports races as: white; black, or African American; American Indian and Alaska Native; Asian; Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander; and some other race. Individuals may choose just one of these races or a combination of multiple races.
Census data chronicling race, ancestry, and national origin are available online in decennial census files and the American Community Survey .
Data is available summarizing South Dakota's American Indian and Hispanic populations in 1990 and 2000 and the change, both in number and percentage, at the state and county level.
We have released the following material that discusses racial and/or ethnic data:
More specific racial and/or ethnic information is available upon request. Please call 605-688-4132 or email us for more detailed information.