Unit VI. Social Inequalities
Race and Ethnicity Data Exercise
Theme: Social Inequality
DescriptionThis exercise allows you to explore what percent of the U.S. population describes themselves as various ethnic groups.
Learning GoalsTo understand the proportions of the U.S. population in different ethnic groups at the present with the latest available data.Back to top
Things NeededAccess to the internet.Back to top
1. To get the numbers for the first two rows, go to the U.S. Census Bureau Table on Race.
2. To get the numbers for the last two rows, go to the U.S. Census Bureau Table on Hispanic or Latino Origin.
3.You need to compute and enter the percent of the population represented by each group by dividing the number for that group by the total U.S. population. Write the percent of total population into the chart below.
Number in 2006
Percent in 2006
American Indian and Alaska Native alone
Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander alone
White alone, not Hispanic
More InformationDiscuss what you think the implications of your findings are.Back to top
Creator/SourceCreated by Jennifer Gerdes and Caroline Persell, 2008, inspired by an exercise from Stephen F. Steele. Updated 2011.