Community Description


A description of the following aspects of the community: Kane County, Illinois

a. Write a narrative description of the community for someone who may not be familiar with it – as if you preparing a brochure to promote/highlight the community to a potential resident. Select and describe 3-5 key features of the community that are particular to that community.

b. A narrative description highlighting the demographic changes seen in the community to explain the complete Data Template (found under Week 1 Materials) for the general public.

Demographics: Include the total number and percent of each; the Data Template (found under Week 1 Course Materials) to gather data for both the county, state, and national data from both the 2000 and 2010 Census to show how the county has changed from the last Census as well as how it compares to the demographics of the state and the nation. The data template MUST be included as an appendix in your paper.
Total Population (include the percent change in population from the 2000 to the 2010 Census)
Age Distribution (use other similar parameters if unable to find the exact same in your research)
Under 1 Year
1 to 5 Years
6 to 13 Years
14 to 17 Years
18 to 24 Years
25 to 49 Years
50 to 64 Years
65 to 84 Years
85 Years and Older
Females 15 – 44 Years
Median Age
Racial & Ethnic Composition
White (Non-Hispanic)
Asian/Pacific Islander
Socioeconomic Status (include total number and percentage of each)
Median Household Income
Persons Below 100% of Poverty Level
Persons Below 200% of Poverty Level
Households with Social Security Income
Households with Public Assistance Income
Unemployed Persons 16 Years & Older
High School Graduates 25 Years & Older
College Graduates 25 Years & Older
Your paper should be typed, up to five (5) pages in length, and follow the APA Style which includes using a cover page, one inch margins, running head, double spaced, and 12 inch Times New Roman font with a reference page.

Suggestions for Data Sources:

The U.S. Census (

Learn how the U.S. Census Bureau serves America as the leading source of quality data about our people, business and economy.

American Fact Finder Advanced Search (
American FactFinder

American FactFinder is your source for population, housing, economic and geographic information.

The American Community Survey (
American Community Survey (ACS) –

The American Community Survey is the premier source for information about America’s changing population, housing and workforce.

County Health Rankings (
County Health Rankings & Roadmaps

County-by-County Blog. Project updates, commentaries, events and news about health across the nation from the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps team.

Business Intelligence (
USA Location information – provides easy to find states, metro areas, counties, cities, zip codes, and area codes information, including population, races, income, housing, school …

State or local public health agency databases
Access previously conducted health assessments or reports that include data
Identify individuals who may have access to data through their organizations
Research not-for-profit organizations like the United Way, the YMCA, local coalitions and foundations, etc. They may have researched this information.
MPH Competencies Applied:
MPH Competency #3: Demonstrate competencies in biostatistics, epidemiology, and research methods in the community health analysis and plan.

Sample Solution