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Table 2 Comparison of Observer-Recorded and Self-Reported Race Values*

From: Transition to the new race/ethnicity data collection standards in the Department of Veterans Affairs

Observer-Recorded Race Self-reported Race**
  Hispanic White Hispanic Black White AA AIAN API Total
Hispanic White 32,631 § 1,173 7,472 442 100 896 42,714
  82.97% 47.57% 1.02% 0.25% 2.89% 6.88%  
  76.39% 2.75% 17.49% 1.03% 0.23% 2.10%  
Hispanic Black 1,473 657 712 399 9 70 3,320
  3.75% 26.64% 0.10% 0.22% 0.26% 0.54%  
  44.37% 19.79% 21.45% 12.02% 0.27% 2.11%  
White 4,883 83 712,524 9,638 2,013 6,160 735,301
  12.42% 3.37% 97.56% 5.43% 58.20% 47.29%  
  0.66% 0.01% 96.90% 1.31% 0.27% 0.84%  
AA 203 546 8,160 166,876 213 1,256 177,254
  0.52% 22.14% 1.12% 93.99% 6.16% 9.64%  
  0.11% 0.31% 4.60% 94.15% 0.12% 0.71%  
AIAN 64 4 937 116 1,100 51 2,272
  0.16% 0.16% 0.13% 0.07% 31.80% 0.39%  
  2.82% 0.18% 41.24% 5.11% 48.42% 2.24%  
API 76 3 526 70 24 4,592 5,291
  0.19% 0.12% 0.07% 0.04% 0.69% 35.26%  
  1.44% 0.06% 9.94% 1.32% 0.45% 86.79%  
Total 39,330 2,466 730,331 177,541 3,459 13,025 966,152
  1. * AA indicates African American; AIAN, American Indian or Alaska Native; API, Asian or Pacific Islander.
  2. ** The race/ethnicity categories in this table are consistent with the old VA standards used before May 2003. The race/ethnicity categories in the self-reported data were mapped to the old standards as follows: Hispanic ethnicity and White and Black races were combined respectively into Hispanic White and Hispanic Black, and Asian and Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander race groups were combined into Asian and Pacific Islander. Veterans with multiracial values, veterans with race values reported by observation or proxy, veterans with missing or unknown race values, and veterans who reported Hispanic ethnicity but no or non-AA minority race are excluded.
  3. § Each cell in this table has three numbers; the first number indicates frequency; the second number, column percent; the third number, row percent.