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USA Today story on Hispanics and race features Varnett photo

Hispanics from states with large and established Latino populations increasingly identified themselves by race — most chose white — rather than the murky "Some Other Race" that many picked a decade before, a USA TODAY analysis of 2010 Census data finds. The shift is important because having Hispanics pick one of the recognized race categories — white, black, Asian/Pacific Islander, American Indian/Alaska Native — provides a more exact racial breakdown of the nation's population.

It also is a sign that the fastest-growing and largest minority population in the United States is adjusting to the way Americans categorize race, some demographers say. If anything, it's an indication that they are at least figuring out that the government doesn't recognize "Hispanic" as a race, but as an ethnicity.

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