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Dylan John Mazziotti
SS205: Sociology, Week 09 AssignmentCurrent Event: “Demography”
 On April 2nd, 2012, the National Archives And Records Administration launcheda website housing the 1940 Census records that have been unavailable to the publicfor 72 years. That alone is not amazing, new records of all kinds become available allthe time. That being said, on April 3rd, the day after the launch of the website thewebsite received 60 million hits in 3 hours. One of the demographic variables studied in this and all census reports isthe
fertility rate
, which is the average number of children a woman bears. This issometimes confused with fecundity, which is the number of children that women arecapable of having, which can be rather high, since some women have given birth ashigh as 30 children. It’s important to look at this rate for many different groups likecommunity planners because they can centralize their efforts to build in the growingcommunities and lessen efforts in smaller areas. The next variable explored in acensus, a complete 180 from the first, is the c
rude death rate
which is the annualnumber of deaths per 1,000 people. This varies throughout the world. Factors that cancause these variations are economy, status and occurrences of warfare that may be inthe area. The third variable is the
migration rate
, which is the difference between thenumber of immigrant (people moving into a country) and emigrants (people movingout) per 1,000 people. This variable is interesting for sociology because its a decisionthat is made by an individual group based a variety of factors like poverty, war or

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