Exploring Society By The Numbers

Using Census Data to Explore Race and Ethnicity

Sandra Apgar, Sinclair Community College


Students will interpret CensusScope data regarding segregation exposure and the dissimilarity index from a sociological perspective.

Learning Goals

  • Demonstrate ability to state a hypothesis
  • Interpret segregation exposure and dissimilarity index
  • Define key concepts
  • Interpret data presented in table and graphic form
  • Demonstrate ability to use the sociological perspective
To discuss the topics of:
  • Race
  • Ethnicity
  • Census data
  • Metropolitan area
  • City data
  • Segregation
  • Dissimilarity indices
  • Segregation exposure index

Context for Use

This activity is used in an introductory sociology class class for undergraduate students. This activity explores topics of race and ethnicity in Ohio.

Description and Teaching Materials

Exercises: PDF (Acrobat (PDF) 71kB Mar24 09)
Exercises: DOC (Microsoft Word 37kB Mar24 09)

Teaching Notes and Tips

This activity uses the charts, rankings and maps on CensusScope.org. CensusScope is an easy-to-use tool to investigate U.S. trends using census data.


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