The purpose of the paper is to compare two counties on a number of variables like education, income, housing, etc. to see how stratification exists in the real world.  In order to do that, each student will select one county in Oklahoma OR one county in Texas.  For those who select a county in Oklahoma, you will describe the presence of stratification in your selected county and then compare the stratification in your selected county to the stratification that is present in OklahomaCounty.  For those who select a county in Texas, you will compare your selected county to DallasCounty.

Approximately half of the paper will be used to make the comparisons on variables like housing characteristics, economic characteristics, social characteristics, etc.  The remainder of the paper will be used to integrate material from the textbook to explain why the stratification exists and how it impacts the people who live in your selected county and the county to which you are comparing your selected county.

Here is how the paper is to be completed:

*Go to Google.com and type “American Fact Finder”

*Click on “American Fact Finder” to go to the site

*In the text box below “Community Facts” type in the County and State and then click “Go”

*Click on several of the links along the left edge of the screen in order to obtain the information you need

*Do this for your selected county then do it for:

*OklahomaCounty if your selected county is in Oklahoma

*DallasCounty if your selected county is in Texas

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