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Census of a Village (Posted on 2006-07-06) Difficulty: 4 of 5
This information below comes from the 2000 Census of Kaskaskia, Illinois.

There were 9 people, 4 households, and 3 families residing in the village.
There were 5 housing units. There were 4 households out of which none had children under the age of 18 living with them.
The racial makeup of the village was 77.78% White, 11.11% Pacific Islander, 11.11% from other races, 22.22% Hispanic or Latino
50.0% were married couples living together.
25.0% had a female householder with no husband present.
25.0% were non-families.
25.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older.
The average household size was 2.25 and the average family size was 2.67.
In the village, the population was spread out with 22.2% under the age of 18, 11.1% from 18 to 24, 11.1% from 25 to 44, 22.2% from 45 to 64, 33.3% who were 65 years of age or older
See if you can make an identity of each of the nine people in the village. This includes ethnicity, age, single/married, etc...

I assume that there can be more than one solution.

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What's the different between a housing unit and a household? Can someone live in a separate housing unit but still be part of another household? I'll assume yes.

Clearly everybody lives in one of the four households, since the average household size is 2.25 (or 9 / 4)... yet neither of the two under-18 year olds live in one of them? Or should the problem read "... out of which one had children under the age of 18?" That seems to be the only way the problem is possible. So assuming that's a typo, here's my population of the town:

Household #1:
Sally Cheesecake, age 38, is a white single mother who lives in a two-bedroom house with her twin sons (also white) Jackie and Bobby, both 16.

Household #2:
Don Fishsticks, age 55, identifies himself both as white and as Pacific Islander. He made his fortune rising through the ranks of the corporate face the local ball-bearing factory, and he lives in a luxurious mansion with his wife, Carmelita, age 48, who also comes from a multiracial family and identifies herself as both white and Hispanic. Their 23 year old son Chip doesn't know what to call his melting-pot ethnicity; he just considers himself part an "other race." He's made a swinging bachelor pad for himself in the pool house on the south end of his father's property, but it doesn't do him much good, since there aren't any girls his age in town. He thinks Sally is quite the MILF, though.

Household #3:
Angus and Ethel Greenbean, both 83 and white as sheets (especially in their old age). They've lived in Kaskasia in their modest bungalow since they got married just after the war. They have three children, all successful urban professionals living in Chicago with families of their own, but would it kill them to come visit and let them see their grandchildren every once and a while?

Household #4:
And finally, out on the edge of town, is crazy Old Man Taquito. Nobody knows exactly how old he is, or what country he was born in (Carmelita Fishstick thinks he's Puerto Rican, as he reminds her of her grandfather), but he's been living out in that shotgun shack since long before even the Greenbeans moved to town.

What's he building in there? We have a right to know...

  Posted by Jyqm on 2006-07-06 10:40:31
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