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From the Pool, Back to School!

Want a fresh and exciting start to the new school year? Fuel it with free, easy-to-use resources and activities from Statistics in Schools (SIS). This month have fun with U.S. Census Bureau data related to earnings by occupations, snapshots of newly released redistricting data from the 2020 Census, and Hispanic Heritage Month.

How Much Does That Job Pay?

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Labor Day, observed on the first Monday of September annually, became a federal holiday in 1894, to celebrate the American labor movement and the contributions and achievements of American workers. According to the Census Bureau’s 2019 American Community Survey, hairstylists/cosmetologists and nursing assistants ranked among the most popular occupations held by U.S. women. Share our Earnings by Occupation warm-up activity with your class and have students compare the earnings of men and women in select occupations and predict future changes.

A Process Known As “Redistricting”

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Teachers share this with your students! The U.S. Census Bureau recently released the first local-level results from the 2020 Census. Teach students about “redistricting” where states use these data on race, Hispanic origin, and the voting-age population to redraw the boundaries of their congressional and legislative districts.

While the states are responsible for legislative redistricting, the Census Bureau provides the most accurate population counts possible for the geographic areas the states need.

 

Highlights from this data reveal:

 

  • The population of U.S. metro areas grew by 9% from 2010 to 2020. The result: 86% of the population lived in metro areas as of April 1, 2020, up from 85% a decade earlier.
  • From 2010 to 2020, the Hispanic or Latino population in the U.S. grew by 23% and the non-Hispanic population by 4.3%.
  • The District of Columbia had the nation’s largest population (83.4%) age 18 and over, and Utah had the largest population (29.0%) under age 18.

 

Students can explore key population characteristics for their state and county, visualizations showing population and housing analysis, and stories about how the United States changed from 2010 to 2020 on our state profile pages.

 

Note: The Census Bureau released the legacy data on its public FTP site August 12, 2021 and is set to release the same data in easier-to-use formats later this month.

 

 

Happy Hispanic Heritage Month! Do You Know the U.S. Hispanic Population?

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This month honors the culture and contributions of Hispanic or Latino Americans. Share SIS’ new, fun-filled resources for Hispanic Heritage Month with your students. Did you know, for example, that in 2018 approximately 6% or 332,000 U.S. businesses were Hispanic-owned? Explore this and other interesting information in our Fun Facts handout like the age breakdown of the Hispanic population, the three states where 50% of the nation’s Hispanic population lives, and the birthplace populations of famous Hispanic Americans. In addition, we’ve prepared a teaching guide filled with cool, easy-to-use activity ideas for every grade level.

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