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The United States Census is taken every ten years in order for the US government to count exactly how many people live in the country to the best of its abilities Aside from taking the population the census asks many other questions such as the age of the persons living in a given household their race and ethnicity the languages that are spoken at home their educational attainment level and household income These questions when answered by the entire population provide the government a sense of the composition and the needs of its people Without this information public services such as education hospitals health care and social security cannot be provided to all in need and therefore it is important data that deserves our careful examination For my term paper I have decided to compare the data of the state of California to the United States of America to discover how similar or different the sets of data may be I would predict some of these data to be similar such as age distribution due to the fact that California is a relatively large state with a large enough population that it would serve as a pretty good sample of the entire nation However I would expect to see differences in factors such as race and ethnicity and the languages spoken at home because California has a relatively larger Hispanic and Asian population than most other states in the US Also the income level of California will be slightly higher than the nation due to the existence of two large metropolitan cities in the state The paper takes a careful look at the various socio-demographic variables that are taken by the United States Census in order to compare the state of California to the nation as a whole The first obvious step in my analysis is to look at both populations counted by the 1990 United States census The population of the United States is
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