SOC 1013: Introduction to Sociology

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SOC 1013: Introduction to Sociology
Assignment: Fall 2015
A nationwide survey was conducted in 2014 by the National Opinion Research Center (NORC).
It asked individual participants to indicate their annual personal income for 2013. This is
reflected in the table below. You are asked to use the data to answer the following questions.
Table 1. Distribution of Annual Personal Income, 2014 by Gender
Personal Income
Men
Women Total
Less than $20,000
165
264
429
$20,000-34,999
141
204
345
$35,000-49,999
109
124
233
$50,000-74,999
152
107
259
$75,000 and more
183
74
257
Total
750
773
1523
1. Compute the percentage for each of the personal income categories by gender (note that the
total should be used as your denominator). Create a table much like the one above using the
percentages you computed.
2. Use the percentages you computed in Question 1 to create a bar chart for personal income
distribution for men and women. In addition, for each bar chart, identify gender and label the
percentage value for that specific bar.
3. Use table and the bar charts to identify which gender group has the higher personal income. In
one or two sentences support your answer.
4a. Use the percentages from Questions 1 and 2 to determine where the largest income difference
is between men and women. [One or two sentences]
4b. Use the percentages from Questions 1 and 2 to determine where the smallest income
difference is between men and women. [One or two sentences]
5. Write a short paragraph and discuss if there is income inequality between men and women in
the United States. Focus on differences between each of the personal income categories. Be sure
to use numerical values to support your arguments. [Three or four sentences]

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