Putting Census Data to Work
This module introduces students to using census data through three distinct scenarios. First, students must decide where two grocery store chains should go, each with a different target income class. Second, students are responsible for developing an anti-poverty program for each state in the United States. In the third assignment, students will be asked to advise a bookstore called "REALLY BIG BOOKS" about whether it would make sense to locate in Ohio and in Cleveland. REALLY BIG BOOKS is a bookstore specializing in books for collectors, academics, and sophisticated readers.
- You will gain some experience describing and analyzing simple descriptive statistical information.
- You will learn the US Census is a good source of information about the characteristics of the population living in different parts of the country.
- You will learn that you can get data on states and cities, as well as the United States as a whole, from the Census.
- You will learn that there are practical uses for the information about the characteristics of the population of a given region.
Context for Use
Description and Teaching Materials
Exercises - Part 1: DOC (Microsoft Word 47kB Mar2 09)
Exercises - Part 2: PDF (Acrobat (PDF) 91kB Mar2 09)
Exercises - Part 2: DOC (Microsoft Word 41kB Mar2 09)
Exercises - Part 3: PDF (Acrobat (PDF) 78kB Mar2 09)
Exercises - Part 3: DOC (Microsoft Word 43kB Mar2 09)
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