SAMPLE DEMOGRAPHIC QUESTIONS
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?
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
- Never been married
- A member of an unmarried couple
Are you currently:
- Employed for wages
- Out of work for more than 1 year
- Out of work for less than 1 year
- A homemaker
- A student
- Unable to work
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)
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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