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Final project - Dan Guerra TA Ingrid Word Count 1582...

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Dan Guerra 12/9/10 TA: Ingrid Word Count: 1582 Assignment Four When comparing the population pyramids of the Wake and Onondaga County and the United States, certain discrepancies were apparent for various age groups. For members of the population between 0 and 15 years, or the “youth cohort (Know & Marston, 2010, p.94)”, Wake County exhibited higher than average percentages when compared to the United States’, while Onondaga’s percentages were at or slightly below the national averages. For the “middle cohort”, consisting of “members of the population aged 15 to 64 years, who are considered economically active and productive (Knox & Marston, 2010, p. 94)”, Wake County again was above the national average, while Onondaga was on par with the US. In the “old age cohort”, consisting of those in population aged 65 and older, Wake County displayed moderately lower than average percentages, particularly between those 75-85+ years old, while Onondaga was again on par with the national average. In comparing the counties’ sex and dependency ratio to the United States, there were again discrepancies among various categories. In terms of the over all Dependency Ratio, Wake County was approximately 9 points below the national average, while Onondaga was roughly 1.5 points above. When comparing Child Dependency ratios, the numbers were roughly the same across the board for each region. However, the Old-Age Dependency Ratio had Wake County roughly 8 points below the national average, while Onondaga was approximately 2 points above the national average. In comparing the Sex Ratio for each county, Wake County was almost 3 points over the national average while
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Onondaga was about 3 points under the national average. When comparing the 2005 narrative profiles for geographic mobility, education, employment by industry, income and poverty rates for the United States, Wake and Onondaga County, the variations in each category were as such: Geographic mobility: In comparison to the United States (84%), 80% of the people in Wake County had lived in the same household since the year prior while in Onondaga County, 86% had lived in the same household since the year before. Of the people living in these regions, 12% in the US were foreign born, 11% in Wake County and only 6% in Onondaga County. Education : In the United States, 84% of people 25 years and over had at least graduated from high school and 27% had a bachelor’s degree or higher, while it was 89% and 29% respectively in Onondaga and 91% and 48% respectively in Wake County. 16% were dropouts (were not enrolled in school or had not completed high school) in the Untied States while 5% and 4% in Onondaga and Wake County, respectively.
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