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 a chosen locality (either state, county, or city) 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.
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)
- At least two body paragraphs describing any findings that you have related to social stratification and social inequality (use your text, Sociology: Beyond Common Sense as reference).
- Conclusion (summarize the socio-economic status of your locality based on your findings and related discussions on social stratification and social inequality )
- Reference page.