Codes and Frequencies
HISPAN identifies and classifies persons of Hispanic origin in the United States and Puerto Rico.
Comparability — Index
Comparability — General
The first digit of HISPAN retains only distinctions common to all years; the second and third digits distinguish additional groups and subgroups. The number of groups identified varies between samples.
For each census, the variable is derived from a question designed specifically to identify Hispanics and classify them according to their background. The question was worded somewhat differently across censuses.
Comparability — Puerto Rico [top]
This variable is available only in the 2000-2010 samples. It is fully comparable across these samples.
Comparability — United States [top]
The 1980 sample has the least detailed subcategories and 1990 has the most. The 1990 sample reports detailed codes for persons of Mexican origin.
- All persons
- Puerto Rico: 2000, 2005, 2010
- United States: 1850a, 1850b, 1860, 1870, 1880a, 1880b, 1900, 1910, 1980, 1990, 2000, 2005, 2010, 2015