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County and City Data Book [United States], 1983 (ICPSR 8256)

Principal Investigator(s): United States. Bureau of the Census


This data collection consists of three data files: a counties file, a cities file, and a places file. The Counties File (Part 1) provides data on area and population, households, vital statistics, health, Social Security, Supplemental Security Income, crimes, housing, journey to work, education, labor force, personal income, money income, government employment and finances, manufactures, wholesale and retail trade, service industries, banking, elections, and agriculture. It provides data for the nation as a whole, the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and 3,137 counties or county equivalents. There are two physical records (segments) of 1,276 characters for each of the conceptual records in the counties file. Records are sequenced by FIPS state code and, within that, FIPS county code. The Cities File (Part 2) includes, in addition to most of the subjects in the counties file, data on workers in the family, climate, and residential electric bills. The cities file provides data for the 50 states and the District of Columbia and for 957 incorporated cities with 25,000 inhabitants or more in 1980. The sequence of records is FIPS state code and, within that, Census place code. Part 3, the Places File, provides data on land, population, money income, and households. It includes data for the 50 states, District of Columbia, 7,601 places with 2,500 inhabitants or more in 1980, and, for 11 states, 2,368 minor civil divisions (MCDs) with 2,500 inhabitants or more in 1980. Records are sequenced by FIPS state code and, within that, Census place code. For the 11 states for which MCDs are shown, the MCD records follow the place records, which are sorted alphabetically within the state.

Series: County and City Data Book [United States] Series

Access Notes

  • One or more data files in this study are set up in a non-standard format, such as card image format. Users may need help converting these files before they can be used for analysis.

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DS0:  Study-Level Files
DS1:  Counties File - Download All Files (23.182 MB)
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DS2:  Cities File - Download All Files (17.125 MB)
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DS3:  Places File - Download All Files (17.245 MB)
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Study Description


United States. Bureau of the Census. County and City Data Book [United States], 1983. ICPSR08256-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2008-06-18. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08256.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08256.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    agriculture, banking, census data, cities, counties, crime, demographic characteristics, economic conditions, education expenditures, employment, family work relationship, government expenditures, government revenues, household composition, human services, income, industrial production, labor force, manufacturing industry, municipal services, population characteristics, Social Security, states (USA), taxes, trade, voting behavior

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Universe:    Varies from item to item within the files, e.g., all persons, all housing units, all local governments, etc.

Data Type(s):    aggregate data

Data Collection Notes:

(1) The codebook is provided as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file. The PDF file format was developed by Adobe Systems Incorporated using PDF reader software, such as the Adobe Acrobat Reader. Information on how to obtain a copy of the Acrobat Reader is provided on the ICPSR Website.



Original ICPSR Release:   1984-07-17

Version History:

  • 2008-06-18 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files have been added to this data collection.
  • 2006-01-18 File CB8256.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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