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ACF-801 Online Help - Element 18

Hispanic or Latino (Ethnicity)

Published: March 28, 2016


A person of Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin, regardless of race. The term "Spanish origin" can be used in addition to "Hispanic or Latino."

Data Standards


Always required

Out of Range

0 - 1:
0 = No
1 = Yes

Internal Inconsistency

No internal consistency standard.

Field Size


Format (N)



Enter the one digit code indicating whether the child is Hispanic or Latino. Ethnicity must be determined for every child.

The child ethnicity and race definitions comply with the Census Bureau definitions of race published in the Federal Register of October 30, 1997.

For further information concerning ethnicity, view the OMB Revision initiated in 1997.

Note that a zero is used for a specific reason. Leave the field blank as "missing" data for those that refused to report their ethnicity. This is the same way "unknown" is reported.

Last Reviewed: April 8, 2016