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Nursing - Public Health: Demographics

COMMUNITY ANALYSIS WORKSHEET VIDEO

We all have different learning styles so if watching a tutorial works best for you, please check out my video above. 

CENSUS DATA: GETTING STARTED

1. Census
 

2. Click on 'advanced search.'

 

3. You will notice 'browse filters' on the left hand side of the screen. 
Click on 'geography'

SELECTING STATE AND YOUR COMMUNITY

1. Add Massachusetts as a Geography.
Under the 'geography' filter a new box will appear with options. Click on 'state.'
A new box will appear with an alphabetized list of states.
Click 'Massachusetts'.

 


 


2. Now, scroll down until you see 'Place' under the 'geography' menu.
A new box will appear and you will select 'Massachusetts.'
Another box appears and you will select the city you need. 




3. We have now added all of our geographical locations.

These will stay constant through our searching on this website. 
At the bottom of your screen, your selections show up.

 

 

RACE/ETHNICITY and HOUSEHOLD SIZE

1. Click Topics (left side menu on your screen).
A new menu pops up and you will select 'population and people.'
Another menu appears and you will select 'populations and people.'
Then hit search.

 



2. Once the page loads, select the table for 'selected characteristics of the native and foreign-born populations.'

 

3. Depending upon your community, the table shows the 2019 ACS 1 or 5-year estimates.
Ask your professor if they prefer the 5-year or the 1-year estimates. 

 

4. You will use this table to answer  the questions on:
race/ethnicity
household size

 

POPULATION BY AGE AND SEX

1. To answer the questions on population by age and sex, you will need to select a different table. 
On the left hand side of the screen, you will see the table, 'ACS Demographic and Housing Estimates.'
Select this table. 

 

2. Once this table loads, you will scroll down to the section with ages.
You will have to do a little math to get your total.
The population by sex is on this table too.

 

 

POVERTY, INCOME, UNEMPLOYMENT

1.  To find the poverty rate we will need to leave the population table and select a new one. 
Click on the 'filter' button on the left-hand menu to exit out of the current population table.
 

 

2.  Deselect 'population and people.'
 

3. Under the second menu of 'topics' select 'income and poverty.' 
Another menu will appear, click on 'income and poverty.'
 

 

4.  We will be using the table,  'poverty status in the last 12 months.'
 

5. All the information you need is found on the very first line of the table. 
You will need to scroll to the right to see all of the table. 




6. Income
On the left hand side, select the table labeled, 'Income in the Past 12 Months' to obtain the Income Range Median.


7. Unemployment

Leave the previous topic by clicking Filter.
Select 'Employment,' and then 'Employment' in the last column.
Click search or done. 
Use the table, 'Selected Economic Characteristics.'
You will find the unemployment rate on this table. 

EDUCATION

1. To find our education statistics we will need to leave previous topic and select a new one. 
Click on the 'filter' button on the left hand menu to exit out of the previous topic. 
 

2. Deselect the last topic used.
Under the second menu, select 'education.' Another menu will appear.
Select 'educational attainment.'
Then hit the 'search' button. 

 

3.  You will look at both the 'population 18 to 24' and 'population 25 years and older' categories.

Look at the lines that your professor asked for information on. 
Add numbers together in the two categories, to get 18+ age, total population, educational attainment. 

UNEMPLOYMENT

1. To find our unemployment statistics we will need to leave the last table and select a new one. 
Click on the 'filter' button on the left-hand menu to exit out of the current education table. 


2. Deselect 'educational attainment.' Under the second menu, select 'employment.' Another menu will appear. Select 'employment.' Then hit the 'hide' button.

Under the second menu, select 'employment.' Another menu will appear.
Select 'employment..' Then hit the 'hide' or 'search' button.

 

3.  From the left-side menu, scroll down until you see the chart titled 'employment status.'

 

4.  Scroll through the chart until you see the column titled 'unemployment rate.' 
Here you will gather the 'estimate' percentage.
This might be enough, depending upon your professor's request.
If you need the actual number, you will have to multiply that percentage by the total population of people working in each category (Massachusetts and your city).

 

 

POPULATION DENSITY

1. Click on Population density.
 

2.  It automatically shows the statistics for the United States. 
You will need to add Massachusetts and your community. 
 

 

4. Once you have added in MA and your community, scroll down to the bottom of the chart. 
Under 'Geography' you will see 'population per square mile.'
This is the population density. 

 

NATIONAL CRITERIA FOR POVERTY

1. Click on Poverty Thresholds.
 

2. We will select 2019 to be consistent. 
 

3. The size of the family unit is 4. 
Go across the excel sheet until you see the column for two children. 
This is the poverty threshold for a family of four. 

 

COVID-19

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