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County Business Patterns, 1985 [United States]: U.S. Summary, State, and County Data (ICPSR 8883) RSS

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This collection supplies the total number of business establishments, mid-March employment figures, and first-quarter and annual payrolls for 1985 at county, state, and national levels. Also provided are data on the number of establishments by employment-size class.

Series: County Business Patterns [United States] Series

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WARNING: Because this study has many datasets, the download all files option has been suppressed, and you will need to download one dataset at a time.

DS0:  Study-Level Files
DS1:  1985 File 1B (United States Summary Data) - Download All Files (7.3 MB)
DS2:  1985 File 1B (State Summary Data) - Download All Files (46.6 MB)
DS3:  1985 File 2, Census Geographic Division 1 (County Summary Data) - Download All Files (20.9 MB)
DS4:  1985 File 2, Census Geographic Division 2 (County Summary Data) - Download All Files (41.1 MB)
DS5:  1985 File 2, Census Geographic Division 3 (County Summary Data) - Download All Files (75.6 MB)
DS6:  1985 File 2, Census Geographic Division 4 (County Summary Data) - Download All Files (68.9 MB)
DS7:  1985 File 2, Census Geographic Division 5 (County Summary Data) - Download All Files (84.9 MB)
DS8:  1985 File 2, Census Geographic Division 6 (County Summary Data) - Download All Files (47.3 MB)
DS9:  1985 File 2, Census Geographic Division 7 (County Summary Data) - Download All Files (61.9 MB)
DS10:  1985 File 2, Census Geographic Division 8 (County Summary Data) - Download All Files (35.7 MB)
DS11:  1985 File 2, Census Geographic Division 9 (County Summary Data) - Download All Files (34.5 MB)

Study Description


United States Department of Commerce. Bureau of the Census. County Business Patterns, 1985 [United States]: U.S. Summary, State, and County Data. ICPSR08883-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2013-01-04. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08883.v2

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   agricultural services, business conditions, businesses, construction industry, counties, economic conditions, employment, finance, manufacturing industry, mining industry, public utilities, real estate, retail industry, service industry, trade, transportation, wages and salaries

Smallest Geographic Unit:   county

Geographic Coverage:   United States

Time Period:  

  • 1985

Unit of Observation:   state, county within state

Universe:   All business establishments with one or more paid employees in the 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia, excluding agriculture production, railroad, government, or household employment.

Data Types:   administrative records data, aggregate data

Data Collection Notes:

To identify values on the SIC CODE variables, please use the "1985 SIC Reference Code List", which presents the SIC codes in the same format that is used in the datasets.


Data Source:

Bureau of the Census Standard Statistical Establishment List (SSEL)

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:

  • Created variable labels and/or value labels.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


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Version History:

  • 2013-01-04 SPSS, SAS, and Stata setup files, as well as SPSS and Stata system files and a SAS transport (CPORT) file have been added to the collection. The datasets have been edited to remove records with no data. The "1985 SIC Reference Code List" has been removed from DS 12; it has been converted to PDF, and included in the codebook for all parts.
  • 2006-01-18 File CB8883.ALL.PDF was removed from any previous datasets and flagged as a study-level file, so that it will accompany all downloads.

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