Race, Ethnicity, and Language Data: Standardization for Health Care Quality Improvement

Table H-1: Language Assistance Data Base (LADB), based on CDC Race/Ethnicity Codes and ISO Language Codes (by Otilia Tiutin, Manager of Cultural & Linguistic Services)

Race Code Race Description
(For mixed race use boxes, can choose up to 3 categories)
R5 White/Caucasian
E1 Hispanic or Latino
R3 Black or African American
R2 Asian
R1 American Indian or Alaska Native
R4 Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
R9 Other Race
RZ Unknown/Not Provided
EY Decline to state



Ethnic Code Ethnicity Description
Top 15 in Order of Frequency
21089 European
00017 American
21352 Hispanic/Latino
21485 Mexican
21782 Latin American
20560 Black
20586 African American
20479 Vietnamese
20297 Asian Indian
21212 Iranian
20362 Filipino
21295 Arab
20412 Laotian
20347 Chinese
00016 Russian
Ethnic Codes and Description in Alphabetical Order
21261 Afghanistani
20602 African
20586 African American
21386 Andalusian
00017 American
21295 Arab
21667 Argentinean
21097 Armenian
20297 Asian Indian
21196 Assyrian
21394 Asturian
20677 Bahamian
20305 Bangladeshi
20685 Barbadian
21428 Belearic Islander
20313 Bhutanese
20560 Black
21675 Bolivian
00005 Bosnian
20610 Botswanan
00029 Brazillian
20321 Burmese
20339 Cambodian
21634 Canal Zone
21451 Canarian
20925 Carolinian
21402 Castillian
21410 Catalonian
21550 Central American
21626 Central American Indian
20883 Chamorro
21519 Chicano
21683 Chilean
20347 Chinese
20974 Chuukese
21691 Colombian
21568 Costa Rican
21766 Criollo
21824 Cuban
00000 Decline to state
20701 Dominica Islander
20693 Dominican
21840 Dominican
21709 Ecuadorian
21204 Egyptian
21105 English
20628 Ethiopian
21089 European
21014 Fijian
20362 Filipino
21113 French
21436 Gallego
21121 German
20875 Guamanian
20867 Guamanian or Chamorro
21576 Guatemalan
20719 Haitian
20022 Hindi
21352 Hispanic/Latino
20370 Hmong
21584 Honduran
20388 Indonesian
21212 Iranian
21220 Iraqi
21139 Irish
21279 Israeili
21147 Italian
20487 Iwo Jiman
20727 Jamaican
20396 Japanese
20966 Kiribati
20404 Korean
20933 Kosraean
00013 Kurdish
21527 La Raza
20412 Laotian
21782 Latin American
21238 Lebanese
20636 Liberian
20529 Madagascar
20420 Malaysian
20495 Maldivian
20891 Mariana Islander
20909 Marshallese
21006 Melanesian
21485 Mexican
21493 Mexican American
21535 Mexican American Indian
21501 Mexicano
20859 Micronesian
21188 Middle Eastern or North African
00026 Mixtec, Mexican Indian
20644 Namibian
20792 Native Hawaiian
20503 Nepalese
21048 New Hebrides
21592 Nicaraguan
20651 Nigerian
20438 Okinawan
00002 Other Ethnicity
00030 Other Latino
20446 Pakistani
20917 Palauan
21246 Palestinian
21600 Panamanian
21022 Papau New Guinean
21717 Paraguayan
21725 Peruvian
20941 Pohnpeian
21154 Polish
20784 Polynesian
00014 Portuguese
21808 Puerto Rican
00027 Punjabi, India
00016 Russian
20958 Saipanese
21618 Salvadoran
20800 Samoan
21162 Scottish
20511 Singaporean
21030 Solomon Islander
21659 South American
21758 South American Indian
21378 Spaniard
21469 Spanish Basque
20453 Sri Lankan
21253 Syrian
20818 Tahitian
20354 Taiwanese
20461 Thai
20735 Tobagoan
20834 Tokelauan
20826 Tongan
20743 Trinidadian
00001 Unknown
21733 Uruguayan
21444 Valencian
21741 Venezuelan
20479 Vietnamese
20750 West Indian
00025 Yao, Mien
20982 Yapese
20669 Zairean

Note: For more information on CCHP's Language Assistance Data Base (LADB) project, call Otilia Tiutin at 925-313-6063 or E-mail otiutin@hsd.cccounty.us. Information about CCHP can be found at www.contracostahealthplan.org.

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Page last reviewed October 2014
Internet Citation: Table H-1: Language Assistance Data Base (LADB), based on CDC Race/Ethnicity Codes and ISO Language Codes (by Otilia Tiutin, Manager of Cultural & Linguistic Services). October 2014. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/research/findings/final-reports/iomracereport/reldataaph1.html