Who we are : a portrait of America based on the latest U.S. census /

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Author / Creator:Roberts, Sam, 1947-
Edition:1st ed.
Imprint:New York : Times Books, c1993.
Description:ix, 306 p. : ill., maps ; 22 cm.
United States -- Population
United States -- Census, 21st, 1990
United States.
Census data.
Format: Print Book
URL for this record:http://pi.lib.uchicago.edu/1001/cat/bib/1618160
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Notes:Includes index.
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Roberts is a columnist for The New York Times. His writing is clear and notably jargon free, and although he is obviously not a professional demographer, he was well advised in the interpretation of demographic data. The book is divided into 13 chapters, of which the first is a basic introduction and the final an attempt to project the demographic future of the US. The descriptive chapters begin with a discussion of census taking, its legal basis and history. Subsequent chapters describe family structures; the changing racial and ethnic composition of the population; income distributions; internal migration; home ownership; daily transportation from home to work; educational attainment; and the changing age structure of American society. In addition to providing detailed descriptions, Roberts suggests explanations for many of the observed patterns. He draws on academic sources and on internal reports from the US Bureau of the Census. Unfortunately, he does not include bibliographic references. This well-written book is recommended for general readers and for undergraduates in a variety of social sciences. J. de Vries; Carleton University

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