Diversity

As a country we are made up of many different people.

As individuals, we are made up of many different parts.

Rank the following list in order of how important each is in defining you (1=most important, 8=least important)

  • Geography (urban/suburban/rural/north/south/west)
  • Race/Ethnicity
  • Gender
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Religion - Here are some interesting statistics on religion in America from Robert Putnam's American Grace
  • Income level
  • Age
  • Education


Rank the following list in order of how important each is in defining the country (1=most important, 8=least important)

  • Geography (urban/suburban/rural/north/south/west)
  • Race/Ethnicity
  • Gender
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Religion
  • Income level
  • Age
  • Education

 

Here's your assignment: Make a facebook profile for the average American using the categories above.

Here is some data on the average American that might help you construct your own exceptionally average American. Feel free to add any interesting data you find to your Facebook creation.

  • Geography (urban/suburban/rural/The/south/west) - California is the most populous state. Most Americans live in suburbs (50%). The South is the most populous region in the US. The mean population center of the US is in Missouri.
  • Race/Ethnicity - Most Americans are White
  • Gender - sex ratios- at birth: 1.048 male(s)/femaleunder 15 years: 1.04 male(s)/female15-64 years: 1 male(s)/female65 years and over: 0.75 male(s)/femaletotal population: 0.97 male(s)/female (2010 est. from CIA World Factbook)
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Religion - The majority of Americans are Protestant (51.3%)
  • Income level - median income - $32,140 for persons age 25 and older (2005 from US Census Bureau)
  • Age - median age 36.8 years (male: 35.5 years, female: 38.1 years, 2010 est. from CIA World Factbook)
  • Education

    High school graduate86.68%

    Some college55.60%

    Associate's and/or Bachelor's degree38.54%

    Master's degree7.62%

    Doctorate or professional degree2.94%

    In 2005, the proportion of the population having finished high school and the percentage of those having earned Bachelor's degrees remained at an all-time high, while the growth in both categories has slowed down over the past two decades. The vast majority of the population, 85.2%, had finished high school and nearly a quarter, 22%, had earned a Bachelor's degree. The percentage of both college and high school graduates continued to increase since 2000. Since 1983 the percentage of people graduating from high school has increased from 85% to 88%. The greatest increases in educational attainment were documented in the 1950s, 60s and 70s. In the 1950s and much of the 1960s high school graduates constituted about 50% of those considered adults (25 and above). For young adults aged between 25 and 29, the percentage of high school graduates was roughly 50% in 1950 versus 90% today.

Top US baby names: Social Security Administration

Top US job: retail salesperson

What about weight???

  • The average American woman is 5'4" tall and weighs 140 pounds.
  • The average American female model is 5'11" tall and weighs 117 pounds.

Top US dog: Labrador Retriever

Duh!

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Some questions:

  1. What does diversity mean to you?

  2. How diverse is the US?

  3. Describe what the average American looks like:

  4. Is there such thing as an American race or ethnicity? Is that good?

  5. What questions do you have about diversity and the US?