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Sociology 3ACPowers Fall 2007 Assignment #2: Tables 3 and 4 Worksheet Guidelines prepared by Corliss Lee, American Cultures Center and Teaching Library [email protected] This worksheet will help you collect the statistics you need to write Assignment #2. It will also introduce you to the Census Bureau web site and to using Census data. Questions to ask about all tables… wherever you find them: What is the source of the data? What do the numbers mean? (are they: “numbers in thousands”? numbers of individuals? numbers of households? percentages? averages? means? medians? other? ) What other interesting kinds of information are available? Look at the scenery while you’re looking up information. Table 3. Comparison of Formal Characteristics of Families sharing the Social Class Positions of Families of Your Research Subjects 1. Social class can be defined in various ways. For the purposes of this assignment, we will use income “quintiles” (fifths) to designate socio-economic positions. For 2005, the range of income for each quintile was as follows (according to The State of Working America, 2006-2007) Lowest: $0 - $25,616 Second: $26,617 - $45,021 Third: $42,022 - $68,304 Fourth: $68,305 - $103,100 Fifth: $103,101-
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Sociology 3AC – Powers Corliss Lee Spring 2007 [email protected] Determine which quintiles your families fall into. Questions 2 – 10 Start with the Census Bureau web site at Subjects A to Z : select I > Income: Income Data > Current Population Survey (CPS) > Tables of Income by Detailed Socioeconomic Characteristics >2006 ASEC (2005 Income): Family: FINC-06 Percent Distribution of Families… FINC-06 Percent Distribution of Families, by Selected Characteristics Within Income Quintile… IMPORTANT: unless otherwise instructed, scroll down to the bottom half of the table, where data are expressed in percentages! and don’t forget to scroll horizontally too when necessary! Think about: What is the source of the data - Current Population Survey (CPS)? decennial census? other? And: What do the numbers mean? Individuals? Households? Percentages? etc. 2. To find data for: Trends in Family Composition: Proportion Married Couples/ Male-Headed Families/ Female-Headed Families Scroll down to the bottom of the table to find the Vertical percents Under vertical percents, scroll down to the term “Type of Family” and locate the data for “Married-couple families.” Repeat this procedure for “Male householder, no wife present” and for “Female householder, no husband present.” 3. To find: Mean Size of Family Find “Size of family” (in the first half of the chart , where data are expressed in numbers and NOT in percentages) and use the line "mean size of family" 4. To find: Proportion of Families with numbers of children Find the section for Vertical percents Find “Presence of related children…” Use figures for “no related children,” “one child” and “two or more” and disregard age ranges.
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