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Census of Governments, 1992: Finance Statistics (ICPSR 4420) RSS

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The United States Census Bureau conducts a Census of Governments every five years, in years ending in "2" or "7," to collect information about governments in the United States. The Finance Statistics branch of the 1992 Census of Governments describes the revenues, expenditures, debt, and assets of state and local governments. This data collection includes sixteen datasets, including individual unit data, county area data, and summaries by type-of-government (including several state summaries by individual types of governments). This data was collected for the individual government fiscal years that ended between July 1, 1991 and June 30, 1992.

Series: Census of Governments Series

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DS0:  Study-Level Files
DS1:  Individual Unit File Data File - Download All Files (403,116 KB)
DS2:  Individual Unit Government Integrated Directory File - Download All Files (75,280 KB)
DS3:  Final Restructured Individual Unit File with Added Identifiers - Download All Files (1,685,332 KB)
DS4:  County-Area Summaries Data File - Download All Files (80,381 KB)
DS5:  County-Area Summaries Government Integrated Directory File - Download All Files (2,100 KB)
DS6:  Final Restructured County-Area Summaries File with Added Identifiers - Download All Files (50,200 KB)
DS7:  State by Type-of-Government Data File - Download All Files (17,135 KB)
DS8:  Final Restructured State by Type-of-Government File - Download All Files (16,575 KB)
DS9:  Municipal Governments Data File - Download All Files (2,409 KB)
DS10:  County Governments Data File - Download All Files (2,250 KB)
DS11:  Local Governments Data File - Download All Files (2,675 KB)
DS12:  School District Governments Data File - Download All Files (2,022 KB)
DS13:  Special District Government Data File - Download All Files (2,132 KB)
DS14:  State and Local Government Data File - Download All Files (2,948 KB)
DS15:  State Governments Data File - Download All Files (2,525 KB)
DS16:  Township Governments Data File - Download All Files (1,801 KB)

Study Description


United States Department of Commerce. Bureau of the Census. Census of Governments, 1992: Finance Statistics. ICPSR2320-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research[distributor], 2014-02-21. doi:10.3886/ICPSR2320.v2

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   census, census data, debt, economic activity, finance, government, government expenditures, government revenues, government spending, local government, state government

Smallest Geographic Unit:   FIPS Place Code

Geographic Coverage:   United States

Time Period:  

  • 1991-07-01--1992-06-31

Date of Collection:  

  • 1991-07-01--1992-06-31

Unit of Observation:   local governments, state governments

Universe:   State and local governments in the United States

Data Types:   census/enumeration data

Data Collection Notes:

For additional information on the Census of Government, 1992: Finance, please refer to the Census Web Site.


Study Purpose:   The purpose of the Finance Statistics branch of the Census of Governments is to provide comprehensive statistical information about state and local government economic activity.

Weight:   Part 2 (Individual Unit Government Integrated Directory File) and Part 3 (Final Restructured Individual Unit File with Added Identifiers) contain two weight variables, WEIGHT, and RECPWT1, that users may wish to use in analysis.

Mode of Data Collection:   mail questionnaire

Data Source:

The data collection phase for the annual survey made use of two methods to obtain data: mail canvass and central collection from State sources. In 35 states, all or part of the data for local governments was obtained from cooperative arrangements between the Census Bureau and a state government agency. These usually involved a data collection effort carried out to meet the needs of both agencies -- the state agency for purposes of audit, oversight, or information, and the Census Bureau for statistical purposes.

Extent of Processing:  ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


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Version History:

  • 2014-02-21 SPSS, SAS, and Stata setup files, as well as SPSS and Stata system files, a SAS transport (CPORT) file, a tab-delimited data file, and an R data file have been added to the collection. Additionally, a codebook has been created.



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