Learn English – Collective term for race, gender, age, religion, income class, etc


I'm writing an article for a political website about the major traits that make an individual what he or she is (in terms of wealth, human rights, oppression or lack thereof, etc.). They include inherited traits (e.g. race, gender and age) and traits that may be acquired or modified later (e.g. religion, income class, etc.).

I just wondered if anyone knows of a collective term for such traits. I coined the term lifetags, but I wondered if there's an appropriate word that already exists.

Such terms are often associated with censuses, surveys and sociological/demographic studies, but I can't think of a word that describes them. Feel free to coin a new term; I want to enrich my vocabulary. 😉

Best Answer

Traits of the kind that you mention can be classed as demographic characteristics or demographic features.

According to the definitions supplied by Oxforddictionaries.com, demography has two denotations:

1 The study of statistics such as births, deaths, income, or the incidence of disease, which illustrate the changing structure of human populations.

1.1 The composition of a particular human population.

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