Hispanic Origin and Asian Origin Subgroups

The country’s Hispanic and Asian populations are often portrayed as monolithic racial and ethnic groups, when in fact they consist of many different subgroups. A closer look at U.S. Hispanic and Asian populations reveals great diversity, including their own majority subgroups.

The Hispanic Population, by Hispanic Origin: 2017
The Asian Population, by Asian Origin: 2017


U.S. Census Bureau, Current Population Survey, 2017

“South American” includes respondents who indicate that they are of Argentinian, Bolivian, Chilean, Colombian, Ecuadorian, Paraguayan, Peruvian, South American, South American Indian, Uruguayan, or Venezuelan origin.

“Central American excluding Salvadoran” includes respondents of Central American, Central American Indian, Costa Rican, Guatemalan, Honduran, Nicaraguan, or Panamanian origin.

“Other Hispanic” includes all CPS respondents who reported they were of “Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish origin”, and who subsequently indicated that they belong to one of twenty-four Hispanic origin subgroups (e.g. Castilian) that fall outside the other seven Hispanic origin groups listed in this chapter.

“Other Asian” includes all CPS respondents who reported they were “Asian” but who did not identify as a member of any of the six Asian origin groups listed in this chapter.