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Does the Percentage of People Who Walk to Work in Cities Vary with Population Size?

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Activity Description

Students will create box plots to make inferences about the percentages of people who walk to work in cities of different population sizes (small, medium, and large). Students will use these findings to write a short report.

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Suggested Grade Level


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Approximate Time Required

30-40 minutes

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Learning Objectives

  • Students will be able to create box plots using census data.
  • Students will be able to compare their box plots to investigate differences in center and variability.

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Materials Required

  • The student version of this activity, 5 pages
  • Rulers

A graphing calculator, graphing software (e.g., Microsoft Excel), or other graphing technology is optional.

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Activity Items

The following item is part of this activity. The item, its data source, and instructions for viewing the source data online appear at the end of this teacher version.

  • Top 15 Walk-to-Work Cities in the United States, 2014

Teacher Notes

Blooms Taxonomy

Blooms Taxonomy

Students will apply what they know about box plots to analyze census data.


Middle School Math


  • Box plots
  • Center

Skills Taught

  • Calculating and comparing measures of center and variability
  • Comparing and interpreting box plots
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