Examines some of the impacts to rural health analysis of
new federal policy that allows people to choose one or
more race categories when classifying themselves.
Implementation of the new policy in the 2000 Census
yields 63 possible combinations of race classification.
Report also presents data on the number of persons
choosing more than one race, discusses ways that analysts
can handle the issues surrounding multiple race data, and
compares several methods for bridging the change from the
old single-race system to the new multiple-race system.
Among its findings: rural Americans were less inclined to
identify themselves as more than one race than were urban
Americans; rural western residents were the only ones
more inclined to choose multiple races than the rural
average; and rural residents of Hawaii, Alaska, and
Oklahoma were the most likely to identify with multiple
races while those of Mississippi, Pennsylvania, and South
Carolina were the least likely to do so.