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Youth Demographics: Race and Ethnicity Data Set

The child population in Indiana contains many differing characteristics. Recognizing the various
demographics that make up the youth population in Indiana is a vital component to all work
that is being done with youth throughout the state. While it is important to recognize the diverse
populations and backgrounds that many of our youth come from, it is also important to establish
a collective understanding of how youth serving agencies and the Indiana Youth Institute define
these demographics. Even though some definitions are commonly understood, others may be more
obscure in their application and so it is important to create a base from which everyone can develop
their understanding.

  • Race: is a sociological designation that separates people into groups that may share common
    outward physical appearances and commonalities of culture and history
  • Ethnicity: describes the culture, language, religion, heritage, and customs that a family or people
    group acquired from a geographic region
  • Diversity: the inclusion or involvement of people from a range of different social and ethnic
    backgrounds and of different genders, sexual orientations, etc.

Years Included: 2021

Source: U.S. Census, ACS 5-year estimate B01001A-I