Dylan John Mazziotti

SS205: Sociology, Week 09 Assignment Current Event: “Demography”

On April 2nd, 2012, the National Archives And Records Administration launched a website housing the 1940 Census records that have been unavailable to the public for 72 years. That alone is not amazing, new records of all kinds become available all the time. That being said, on April 3rd, the day after the launch of the website the website received 60 million hits in 3 hours.

One of the demographic variables studied in this and all census reports is the fertility rate, which is the average number of children a woman bears. This is sometimes confused with fecundity, which is the number of children that women are capable of having, which can be rather high, since some women have given birth as high as 30 children. It’s important to look at this rate for many different groups like community planners because they can centralize their efforts to build in the growing communities and lessen efforts in smaller areas. The next variable explored in a census, a complete 180 from the first, is the crude death rate which is the annual number of deaths per 1,000 people. This varies throughout the world. Factors that can cause these variations are economy, status and occurrences of warfare that may be in the area. The third variable is the migration rate, which is the difference between the number of immigrant (people moving into a country) and emigrants (people moving out) per 1,000 people. This variable is interesting for sociology because its a decision that is made by an individual group based a variety of factors like poverty, war or

violence. In closing, the 1940 census and other give us an amazing perspective of our country and world. Growth, decline and family dynamics. It’s a changing world and this is one of the ways that we can understand that.

Snow, Michael (2012, April 9) “Why The Huge Interest In The 1940 Census? CNN, Retrived from: http://www.cnn.com/2012/04/09/opinion/snow-1940-census/index.html

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