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Where Should I Live? Using U.S. Census Bureau Data to Make Decisions

Where Should I Live? Using U.S. Census Bureau Data to Make Decisions

Activity Description


Students will use the U.S. Census Bureau’s QuickFacts data access tool to examine information about three cities, including population, education, and income data. Students will draw conclusions about life in those three cities to determine which city they would like to live in as an adult.

Suggested Grade Level


Approximate Time Required

120 minutes

Learning Objectives

  • Students will be able to explore data access tools to gather information.
  • Students will be able to use data to draw conclusions and make decisions.
  • Students will be able to understand how to compare and contrast data sets.

Materials Required

  • The student version of this activity, 5 pages
  • A computer with Internet access for each student
  • Teacher computer with Internet access and a projector to display web sites
  • Slips of paper

This activity uses the following online tool:


For more information about QuickFacts and similar resources from the Census Bureau, read “Teachers’ Guide to Data Access Tools for Students.

Teacher Notes

Blooms Taxonomy

Blooms Taxonomy

Students will compare and contrast data to evaluate those data and make a decision.


Middle School Social Studies


  • Cities
  • Demographics

Skills Taught

  • Comparing and contrasting
  • Drawing conclusions
  • Using online databases to find information


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