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 Subject: Social Security number TRUTH or MYTH Category: Miscellaneous Asked by: mortgagesaver01-ga List Price: \$5.00 Posted: 18 Aug 2005 00:09 PDT Expires: 17 Sep 2005 00:09 PDT Question ID: 557118
 ```I recently received the following email and I simply wanted to know if there is any truth to this email at all. I know the there is a breakdown of the SSN such as I believe that the first three digits on a SSN detail region. Can you give me a detail breakdown of the sequence of numbers. I?m simply curious to see if there is any truth to this urban legend? Here is a copy if the email? Subject: SSN Mine is Even Is the 5th Digit of your Social Security Number ODD or EVEN? Have you heard anything about Social Security numbers, African Americans and the 5th digit of Social Security Numbers? Supposedly, if you are an African American or a minority, the 5th digit in your SSN is EVEN. If you are white it is ODD! Ask this question to any of your friends that are Caucasian. Rumor has it, some companies are looking at potential employees SSN to discriminate. Why not send this email to every African American and Minority that you know! Mine was even, what's yours? --TAVIS SMILEY```
 ```This is an urban legend. The Social Security Administration has the following statement on their website: "Apparently due to the fact that the middle digits of the SSN are referred to as the "group number," some people have misconstrued this to mean that the "group number" refers to racial groupings. So a myth goes around from time-to-time that encoded in a person's SSN is a key to their race. This simply is not true. As should be clear from the explanation of the SSN numbering scheme, the "group number" refers only to the numerical groups 01-99. For filing purposes, the "area numbers" are broken down into these numerical subgroups. So, for example, for area numbers starting with 527 there would be 98 subgroups, one for every number starting with 527-01, and one for every number starting with 527-02, and so on. This was done back in 1936 because in that era there were no computers and all the records were stored in filing cabinets. The early program administrators needed some way to organize the filing cabinets into sub-groups, to make them more manageable, and this is the scheme they came up with. So the "group number" has nothing whatever to do with race." (http://www.ssa.gov/history/ssnmyth.html) You can read more abouth this myta at The Urban Legend Reference Pages: http://www.snopes.com/business/taxes/blackssn.asp I believe this should answer your question. If not, please request an answer clarification before you proceed to rate my answer.``` Clarification of Answer by blazius-ga on 18 Aug 2005 01:21 PDT ```I forgot to provide you with the requested breakdown of the SSN - this is available at http://www.ssa.gov/history/ssn/geocard.html```
 mortgagesaver01-ga rated this answer: and gave an additional tip of: \$2.00 `Blazius Thanks for clearing this up for me and thank you again for the fast response`
 `I am caucasian and my 5'th number is even. Guess that really doesn't work.`