White People - Census and Social Definitions in Different Regions

Census and Social Definitions in Different Regions

Regions with significant populations
Official census statistics identifying "white people". Note that many countries do not collect census data on ethnicity, and are not included.
United States 223,553,265
Russia 125,000,000
Brazil 92,000,000
Germany 71,900,000
Italy 56,000,000
England 44,679,361
Poland 36,983,700
Argentina 34,638,000
Australia 20,200,000
Venezuela 11,896,848
Chile 11,500,000
Portugal 10,000,000
Hungary 9,627,057
Cuba 7,271,926
Scotland 4,960,334
Norway 4,500,000
South Africa 4,472,100
Ireland 4,014,708
Croatia 3,977,171
Puerto Rico 3,064,862
Wales 2,841,505
Further information: Whiteness studies

Definitions of white have changed over the years, including the official definitions used in many countries, such as the United States and Brazil. Some defied official regulations through the phenomenon of "passing", many of them becoming white people, either temporarily or permanently. Through the mid-to-late 20th century, numerous countries had formal legal standards or procedures defining racial categories (see cleanliness of blood, apartheid in South Africa, hypodescent). However, as critiques of racism and scientific arguments against the existence of race arose, a trend towards self-identification of racial status arose. Below are some census definitions of white, which may differ from the social definition of white within the same country. The social definition has also been added where possible.

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