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The specificity of demographic questions you choose depends on how specific you would like your data to be. If you are sampling a population in Milwaukee or Racine, you may want more specificity than if you are sampling a population in Green County. However, it is important never to assume that you already know the demographics of your respondents. A few carefully selected demographic questions can help you understand differences in your data. For examples of demographic questions, questions used by the 2000 US Census (will open in a new browser window). Other sample demographic questions are listed below.


What is your age? _________


What is your month and year of birth? (MM/YYYY) ________/_________


What is your sex?

  • Male
  • Female


How do you describe yourself? (please check the one option that best describes you)

  • American Indian or Alaska Native
  • Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
  • Asian or Asian American
  • Black or African American
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • Non-Hispanic White

Marital status

Are you:

  • Married
  • Divorced
  • Widowed
  • Separated
  • Never been married
  • A member of an unmarried couple

Employment status

Are you currently:

  • Employed for wages
  • Self-employed
  • Out of work for more than 1 year
  • Out of work for less than 1 year
  • A homemaker
  • A student
  • Retired
  • Unable to work

Education completed

What is the highest grade or year of school you completed?

  • Never attended school or only attended kindergarten
  • Grades 1 through 8(Elementary)
  • Grades 9 through 11 (Some high school)
  • Grade 12 or GED (High school graduate)
  • College 1 year to 3 years (Some college of technical school
  • College 4 years (College graduate)
  • Graduate School(Advance Degree)

Family size

How many children live in your household who are...

  • Less than 5 years old?
  • 5 through 12 years old?
  • 13 through 17 years old?

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