Since the independence of Ukraine, our diaspora’s attention, resources and activities have shifted to a large degree to Ukraine and its problems, to the detriment of activities by the Ukrainian diaspora in the United States and other countries. Also most of our organized community work is still being conducted on an informal basis, and planning and implementation of different activities are often done without the benefit of factual and objective information. Available United States Bureau of the Census data from the last three population censuses and from the American Community Survey, as well as official immigration statistics and other data, if properly exploited, can provide a more rational and efficient basis for our diaspora’s activities.
These data also provide a unique opportunity for research on the Ukrainian ethnic group from the academic perspective. They allow researchers to augment the field of ethnic studies in the US with research on Ukrainians and make contributions to different social and economic disciplines using Ukrainians in the US as a case study.
In order to encourage and facilitate research on this topic, the Shevchenko Scientific Society in New York has decided to create a Center for Demographic and Socioeconomic Research of Ukrainians in the US. A web site has been set up which contains detailed information about the Center, its mission and objectives: www.inform-decisions.com/stat/.
This web site provides access to an integrated data base with census and survey data on Ukrainians in the US. In order to facilitate comparisons between Ukrainians and the total US population, a companion data base is also available with data for the whole US population. These data bases contain data for 1980, 1990, 2000 and 2006, and the necessary technical information needed for analyzing the data is included. The web site also contains dynamic tables with key statistical information on Ukrainians in the US by States and by Metropolitan Areas. In these tables you will find basic statistical information for the country, your State and your city.