2004 SONS Freshmen: Results and Summary: Part 2

Demographic Information

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27. When did you first come to the US to live?

1695  (74.8%)   I was born in the United States
125  (5.5%)   2000 or later
33  (1.5%)   1999
23  (1.0%)   1998
24  (1.1%)   1997
33  (1.5%)   1996
23  (1.0%)   1995
20  (0.9%)   1994
29  (1.3%)   1993
30  (1.3%)   1992
38  (1.7%)   1991
193  (8.5%)   1990 or earlier

28. Were your parents born in the United States?

757  (33.4%)   Both my mother and father were born in the United States
78  (3.4%)   My mother was born in the US, but my father was not
113  (5.0%)   My father was born in the US, but my mother was not
1318  (58.1%)   NEITHER my mother nor my father were born in the US

29. When did you learn to speak English?

1036  (45.7%)   English was the first and only language I learned as a child
765  (33.8%)   I learned both another language and English by the time I was 5 years old
317  (14.0%)   I learned another language first and then I learned English between the age of 5 and 10
127  (5.6%)   I learned another language first and then I learned English between the age of 11 and 15
21  (0.9%)   I learned another language, but didn't learn English until after I was 15 years old

30. What was the primary language other than English, if any, that was spoken in your house while you were in high school? 543  (23.5%)   Select the primary language here.   454  (19.6%)   None-only English

  1  (0.0%)   Afrikaans 
  2  (0.1%)   American Sign Language 
  7  (0.3%)   Arabic 
  9  (0.4%)   Armenian 
  2  (0.1%)   Assyrian 
  1  (0.0%)   Bahasa (Indonesia) 
  7  (0.3%)   Bengali 
  1  (0.0%)   Bosnian 
  3  (0.1%)   Bulgarian 
  5  (0.2%)   Burmese 
  8  (0.3%)   Cambodian 
  170  (7.3%)   Cantonese 
  1  (0.0%)   Catalan 
  168  (7.3%)   Chinese 
  1  (0.0%)   Creole 
  1  (0.0%)   Croatian 
  2  (0.1%)   Czech 
  2  (0.1%)   Danish 
  3  (0.1%)   Dutch 
  61  (2.6%)   English only 
  22  (1.0%)   Farsi (Persian) 
  1  (0.0%)   Finnish 
  8  (0.3%)   French 
  1  (0.0%)   Frisian 
  5  (0.2%)   German 
  3  (0.1%)   Greek 
  14  (0.6%)   Gujarati 
  7  (0.3%)   Hebrew 
  14  (0.6%)   Hindi 
  10  (0.4%)   Hmong 
  2  (0.1%)   Hungarian 
  4  (0.2%)   Ilocano, Iloko 
  5  (0.2%)   Indonesian 
  2  (0.1%)   Italian 
  19  (0.8%)   Japanese 
  2  (0.1%)   Kannada 
  1  (0.0%)   Khmer 
  135  (5.8%)   Korean 
  2  (0.1%)   Lao 
  1  (0.0%)   Luganda 
  1  (0.0%)   Malayalam 
  1  (0.0%)   Malaysian 
  189  (8.2%)   Mandarin (Chinese) 
  3  (0.1%)   Marathi 
  3  (0.1%)   Mien 
  4  (0.2%)   Polish 
  6  (0.3%)   Portugese (Brazil) 
  1  (0.0%)   Portugese (Portugal) 
  15  (0.6%)   Punjabi 
  4  (0.2%)   Romanian 
  30  (1.3%)   Russian 
  2  (0.1%)   Serbian 
  6  (0.3%)   Shanghainese 
  1  (0.0%)   Sindhi 
  1  (0.0%)   Sinhala 
  1  (0.0%)   Slovenian 
  153  (6.6%)   Spanish (Latin and South America) 
  4  (0.2%)   Spanish (Spain) 
  3  (0.1%)   Swedish 
  52  (2.2%)   Tagalog 
  8  (0.3%)   Taiwanese 
  13  (0.6%)   Tamil 
  11  (0.5%)   Telugu 
  2  (0.1%)   Teochew (Chao Chow) 
  8  (0.3%)   Thai 
  1  (0.0%)   Toisan 
  2  (0.1%)   Turkish 
  12  (0.5%)   Urdu 
  63  (2.7%)   Vietnamese 
  1  (0.0%)   Visayan 
  1  (0.0%)   Yoruba 
  2  (0.1%)   Other

30a. Other primary language not on list: Please be sure to see if primary language other than English is on the list before entering it here. [Open-ended text field]

31. During your last year in high school, what proportion of the time did you live with:

 AllMostSomeNone
Mother 1981  (87.9%)   117  (5.2%)   69  (3.1%)   87  (3.9%)  
Father 1711  (77.2%)   74  (3.3%)   190  (8.6%)   241  (10.9%)  
Stepmother 14  (0.9%)   8  (0.5%)   39  (2.6%)   1457  (96.0%)  
Stepfather 46  (3.0%)   32  (2.1%)   14  (0.9%)   1429  (94.0%)  
Grandparent 117  (7.3%)   35  (2.2%)   138  (8.6%)   1322  (82.0%)  
Legal guardian 70  (4.6%)   7  (0.5%)   10  (0.7%)   1423  (94.2%)  
Other adult(s) 58  (3.8%)   24  (1.6%)   67  (4.4%)   1364  (90.1%)  

32. Are your parents:

1747  (77.1%)   Both alive and living with each other
441  (19.5%)   Both alive and divorced or living apart
22  (1.0%)   Mother deceased
51  (2.3%)   Father deceased
4  (0.2%)   Both deceased

33. Select the category from the pull-down menu that best describes your race or ethnicity. If multi-racial, use additional pull-down menus, selecting one category per menu. 60  (2.6%)   Select your ethnicity here

  32  (1.4%)   1 I'm an International student 
  8  (0.3%)   2 American Indian 
  40  (1.7%)   3 African American - United States 
  4  (0.2%)   4 African American - African immigrant 
  2  (0.1%)   5 African American - Caribbean immigrant 
  131  (5.7%)   6 Chicano/Mexican American 
  2  (0.1%)   8 Cuban 
  7  (0.3%)   9 Nicaraguan 
  4  (0.2%)   10 Puerto Rican 
  14  (0.6%)   11 Salvadoran 
  11  (0.5%)   12 Other Latin American 
  4  (0.2%)   13 South American 
  5  (0.2%)   14 Cambodian 
  621  (26.8%)   15 Chinese 
  85  (3.7%)   16 Filipino 
  49  (2.1%)   17 Japanese 
  141  (6.1%)   18 Korean 
  5  (0.2%)   19 Laotian 
  11  (0.5%)   20 Pacific Islander 
  93  (4.0%)   21 South Asian (Asian Indian) 
  72  (3.1%)   22 Vietnamese 
  27  (1.2%)   23 Other Southeast Asian 
  20  (0.9%)   24 Other Asian 
  714  (30.8%)   25 White/Caucasian - United States 
  66  (2.9%)   26 White/Caucasian - Eastern European Immigrant 
  46  (2.0%)   27 White/Caucasian - Middle Eastern Immigrant 
  41  (1.8%)   28 Other

34. 1999  (86.3%)   Second ethnicity (if needed) 
  2  (0.1%)   1 I'm an International student 
  17  (0.7%)   2 American Indian 
  3  (0.1%)   3 African American - United States 
  1  (0.0%)   4 African American - African immigrant 
  2  (0.1%)   5 African American - Caribbean immigrant 
  11  (0.5%)   6 Chicano/Mexican American 
  2  (0.1%)   7 Columbian 
  1  (0.0%)   9 Nicaraguan 
  1  (0.0%)   10 Puerto Rican 
  5  (0.2%)   11 Salvadoran 
  5  (0.2%)   12 Other Latin America 
  4  (0.2%)   13 South American 
  5  (0.2%)   14 Cambodian 
  48  (2.1%)   15 Chinese 
  11  (0.5%)   16 Filipino 
  18  (0.8%)   17 Japanese 
  10  (0.4%)   18 Korean 
  5  (0.2%)   20 Pacific Islander 
  8  (0.3%)   21 South Asian (Asian Indian) 
  13  (0.6%)   22 Vietnamese 
  4  (0.2%)   23 Other Southeast Asian 
  13  (0.6%)   24 Other Asian 
  56  (2.4%)   25 White/Caucasian - United States 
  35  (1.5%)   26 White/Caucasian - Eastern European Immigrant 
  15  (0.6%)   27 White/Caucasian - Middle Eastern Immigrant 
  21  (0.9%)   28 Other

35. 2258  (97.5%)   Third ethnicity (if needed)

  2  (0.1%)   1 I'm an International student 
  5  (0.2%)   2 American Indian 
  2  (0.1%)   6 Chicano/Mexican American 
  1  (0.0%)   8 Cuban 
  1  (0.0%)   9 Nicaraguan 
  2  (0.1%)   13 South American 
  4  (0.2%)   15 Chinese 
  2  (0.1%)   16 Filipino 
  3  (0.1%)   17 Japanese 
  2  (0.1%)   18 Korean 
  1  (0.0%)   20 Pacific Islander 
  2  (0.1%)   22 Vietnamese 
  3  (0.1%)   24 Other Asian 
  11  (0.5%)   25 White/Caucasian - United States 
  6  (0.3%)   26 White/Caucasian - Eastern European Immigrant 
  2  (0.1%)   27 White/Caucasian - Middle Eastern Immigrant 
  8  (0.3%)   28 Other

36. To the best of your knowledge, which category includes the total annual combined income of your parent(s)? 143  (6.2%)   Combined income

  217  (9.4%)   Less than $20,000 
  245  (10.6%)   $20,000 to $34,999 
  184  (7.9%)   $35,000 to $49,999 
  178  (7.7%)   $50,000 to $64,999 
  207  (8.9%)   $65,000 to $79,999 
  222  (9.6%)   $80,000 to $99,999 
  345  (14.9%)   $100,000 to $124,999 
  157  (6.8%)   $125,000 to $149,999 
  192  (8.3%)   $150,000 to $199,999 
  224  (9.7%)   $200,000 or more

36a. How confident are you that your estimate is reasonably accurate?

627  (28.3%)   Very confident
1028  (46.4%)   Confident
562  (25.3%)   Not confident at all

37. What is your current religious preference or affiliation? If none, please select the first option (top of the list).   86  (3.7%)   Religious preference-select one   1015  (43.8%)   No religious preference/affiliation

  3  (0.1%)   AME (African Methodist Episcopal) 
  5  (0.2%)   Assemblies of God 
  63  (2.7%)   Baptist 
  6  (0.3%)   Buddhist-Shin (Japanese) 
  11  (0.5%)   Buddhist-Thai 
  4  (0.2%)   Buddhist-Tibetan 
  29  (1.3%)   Buddhist-Vietnamese 
  3  (0.1%)   Buddhist-Zen (Japanese) 
  1  (0.0%)   Buddhist-Zen (Korean) 
  54  (2.3%)   Buddhist-Zen/Chan (Chinese) 
  75  (3.2%)   Christian Church (Disciples) 
  16  (0.7%)   Christian Reformed 
  5  (0.2%)   Christian Science 
  1  (0.0%)   CME (Christian Methodist Episcopal) 
  4  (0.2%)   COGIC (Church of God in Christ) 
  3  (0.1%)   Congregational/UCC 
  3  (0.1%)   Covenant 
  14  (0.6%)   Episcopalian (Anglican) 
  6  (0.3%)   Evangelical Free 
  3  (0.1%)   Friends (Quaker) 
  51  (2.2%)   Hindu 
  7  (0.3%)   Jehovah's Witness 
  121  (5.2%)   Jewish 
  6  (0.3%)   Latter-Day Saints (Mormon) 
  23  (1.0%)   Lutheran 
  32  (1.4%)   Methodist 
  31  (1.3%)   Muslim 
  2  (0.1%)   Nazarene 
  54  (2.3%)   Non-Denominational 
  17  (0.7%)   Eastern Orthodox 
  4  (0.2%)   Pentecostal 
  101  (4.4%)   Presbyterian 
  324  (14.0%)   Roman Catholic 
  10  (0.4%)   Seventh Day Adventist 
  11  (0.5%)   Sikh 
  6  (0.3%)   Taoist 
  6  (0.3%)   Unitarian-Universalist 
  69  (3.0%)   Other Christian 
  30  (1.3%)   Other Religion

37a. Do you consider yourself a born-again Christian?

266  (13.0%)   Yes
1776  (87.0%)   No

38. How would you characterize your political views?

126  (5.6%)   Far left
1031  (45.7%)   Liberal
830  (36.8%)   Middle-of-the-road
254  (11.3%)   Conservative
16  (0.7%)   Far right

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