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Multiple Components of Race Data Library

Researchers wishing to explore race as a multi-dimensional phenomenon can look to these publicly available data sets, many of which are nationally representative.  Our criteria for inclusion were data that was both publicly available and included at least two measures of respondent’s race.

Americas Barometer Survey 

Behavioral Risk Factor SurveillanceSystem (BRFSS)

General Social Survey (GSS) 

Latino National Political Survey(LNPS) 

National Latinos and Asian American Survey (NLAAS) 

National Longitudinal Survey ofAdolescent Health (Add Health)  

National Longitudinal Survey of Youth (NLSY)

National Longitudinal Study ofFreshman (NLSF)

National Survey of American Life(NSAL)  

National Survey of Black Americans(NSBA)  

National Survey of Family Growth(NSFG)  

New Immigrant Survey (NIS) 

Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID) 

Portraits of American Life Survey (PALS) 

     *please cite this resource as: Bratter, Jenifer L. Mary E. Campbell, and Wendy D. Roth. 2014. "Multiple Components of Race Data Library." [Online database]. Retrieved from