Introducing ACS Data to Marriage and Family Students

Creation Year
Friday, January 1, 2016 - 12:00
Year of most recent data
Thursday, January 1, 2015 - 12:00

Mohammed Shahidullah,, University of Illinois

Learning Goals


  • Get familiar with data from the American Community Survey (ACS0
  • Learn how to use Census Bureau’s website FactFinder to extract demographic and socio-economic data
  • Create tables using quantitative and qualitative data
  • Learn how to read and interpret tables displaying frequencies and percentages
  • Improve student’s confidence in reading and discussing data from tables


  • Understand marital status of the population of a state
  • Learn poverty status of families and individuals in a state
  • Assess magnitude of uninsured families in a state

Each group will work on the assigned project from below based on data from the 2011-2015 American Community Survey (ACS) and answer six questions given questions section. Each group will have its own group discussion board to exchange your ideas and feedback. Live discussion using blaclkboard ultra is desirable but not essential if you participate through your group discussion board. One of you should volunteer to become the group leader and develop a timeline to get the project done on time. Post your final product as an attachment under Group Projects on the General Discussion Board for the class. Each group will submit one document only. The document should include the names who contributed in it. Your grade will depend on your contribution for this project. The deadline for this project is last day of class of the semester. Let me know (through emails) if you have any questions.