Q: Age

The Question

Full text of the question prompt

How old are you?
    () 0-15
    () 15-19
    () 20-24
    () 25-29
    () 30-39
    () 40-49
    () 50-59
    () 60-69
    () 70-79
    () 80+
    () Prefer not to answer

    (or the shorter version)

  How old are you?
      () 0-19
      () 20-39
      () 40-60
      () 61+
      () Prefer not to answer

Full list of responses

You can use the longer or shorter age brackets. If you need more granularity,

Questions this can help you answer

Age is generally asked not only for its own merit (how many people over 21 are in the community?) but as an intersection with other data points. Including questions about age and sexual orientation can help you figure out (for example) if your communtity is excluding older LGBTQIA community members.

The Rationale

Ask this question if you want to know how old your community members are.

Further reading

none yet.

Thoughts for including

Before you ask people how old they are, it’s worth asking if you need to know this information. Every question you ask people is an additional thing you’re asking them to give you. If you’re wondering if your community is representative of the city/state/nation that you’re a part of then age is certainly a part of it.

Thoughts for excluding

Ageism is real. By not including an age question, you’re missing an opportunity to see if your community is aging people out of participation or preventing younger folks from joining.

Technical Notes

Ethical concerns


Becasuse we’re asking for age ranges, for people within the bell curve (aka, not very young or very old), this question alone is likely not identifiable.

Ethical Considerations

[coming soon]


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