As notions about ethnicity and ancestry have changed over the past, various government institutions have become more sensitive and more sophisticated in their efforts to collect data in this area. During the 2000 Census, the Census Bureau modified its questionnaire to allow individuals the ability to give one or two attributions of their "ancestry or ethnic origin." This 12-page Census 2000 brief, authored by Angela Brittingham and G. Patricia de la Cruz, offers some insights into the various trends throughout the United States afforded by the responses to this particular Census question. Through insightful and concise prose, the report contains some noteworthy findings, include the statistic that nearly one of six people reported their ancestry as German and that more than four out of five people specified at least one ancestry. Reflecting national trends, the report noted that the largest ancestry for seven of the nation's ten largest cities was Mexican.
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