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This assignment is closely related to the final Research Paper in

Week Five. Please review the instructions for that paper before

beginning this assignment. For this Week Three assignment, you will

present demographic data on the city, town, (San Antonio TX/78253) or county where you

currently live in preparation for the Research Paper, which is due in

Week Five. To do this, you will perform secondary data analysis by

visiting the US Census Bureau’s American FactFinder.

Identify the various social and economic characteristics (i.e.,

education, population, housing, race, gender, age, income, etc.) of this

locale and report the statistics. You can also check government

websites for your state, county or city for data. Then, using the

statistics you report, identify your findings of social stratification

or social inequality found in this locale as highlighted in the reading

in the text, Sociology: Beyond Common Sense, for Week

Three. In other words, what does the data tell you about the social

stratification and social inequalities found in your locale? Be sure to

choose a locale that you have access to, as you will be conducting

in-person observations in this locale for the Research Paper due in

Week Five. If you are currently living outside of the U.S. or will have

difficulties physically accessing a location in the U.S., please contact

your instructor for additional instructions.

Your demographic report should follow the following structure:

  • Introduction (including the locality chosen and general socio-economic info on your locality)
  • At least five body paragraphs presenting the social or
    economic characteristics and specific data for the locality (please
    state both numbers and percentages if available). In this section of
    your paper, be sure to present statistics related to education,
    population, race, gender, age, income (and poverty), housing, as well as
    any other factors you think relate to the stratification and/or
    inequality in your chosen locale.
    Examples of how data can be presented:

    • A table of all the variables you found (if you
      select this option, please do not copy and paste tables from the
      American Factfinder website. Rather, create your own table with all of
      your variables).

      [Insert/Table in MS Word; add as many columns and rows as you like]:

Location: [examples]San Diego, Kern County, etc…


Number (n=)

Population (male):



Population (female)



Median Income


% of Population with College Degree



      • Or a bullet point list of all the variables you found.


        • Male – 45% (n=45,000)
        • Female – 55% (n=55,000)…etc.
    • At least two body paragraphs describing how the
      statistics you report relate to social stratification and social
      inequality (use your text, Sociology: Beyond Common Sense as
      reference). In other words, think about what picture the statistics
      paint about the type of social hierarchies and inequalities that exist
      in your locale. (Hint: Think about stratification and inequalities based
      on race, gender, age, social class, etc. Finding statistics about
      education, income, housing, etc. by race/gender/age can be useful places
      to make these observations).
    • Conclusion (summarize the socio-economic status of
      your locality based on your findings and related discussions on social
      stratification and social inequality )
    • Reference page.

    The paper must be four to five pages in length and
    formatted according to APA style. You must use at least five resources
    from the Census website. You must use your text to support your work on
    social stratification and social inequality. Cite your resources in text
    and on the reference page. For information regarding APA samples and
    tutorials, visit the Ashford Writing Center.

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