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County and City Data Book [United States], 1988 (ICPSR 9251)

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This collection presents in computer-readable form the data items used to produce the corresponding printed volume of the COUNTY AND CITY DATA BOOK, 1988. Included is a broad range of statistical information, made available by federal agencies and national associations, for counties, cities, and places. Information also is provided for the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and for the United States as a whole. The dataset is comprised of seven files: a county file, a city file, and a place file, with footnote files and data dictionaries for both the county and the city files. The county data file contains information on areas such as age, agriculture, banking, construction, crime, education, federal expenditures, personal income, population, and vital statistics. The city data file includes variables such as city government, climate, crime, housing, labor force and employment, manufactures, retail trade, and service industries. Included in the place data file are items on population and money income.

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.

  • These data are available only to users at ICPSR member institutions. Because you are not logged in, we cannot verify that you will be able to download these data.


DS0:  Study-Level Files
DS1:  Counties Data - Download All Files (14.6 MB)
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DS2:  Counties Data Dictionary
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DS3:  Counties Footnotes - Download All Files (6.7 MB)
DS4:  Cities Data - Download All Files (8.3 MB)
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DS5:  Cities Data Dictionary
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DS6:  Cities Footnotes - Download All Files (6.8 MB)
DS7:  Places Data - Download All Files (7.8 MB)
ASCII + SAS Setup    SPSS Setup    Stata Setup   

Study Description


United States Department of Commerce. Bureau of the Census. County and City Data Book [United States], 1988. ICPSR09251-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2009-05-26. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09251.v2

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Scope of Study

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

Geographic Coverage:   United States

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

Data Types:   aggregate data

Data Collection Notes:

Users are advised that the codebook that the Census Bureau has issued for use with this dataset is a preliminary one and does not include codes and definitions for states, counties, and cities. The codes and definitions may be listed off the tape or users may refer to other sources such as the printed version of the COUNTY AND CITY DATA BOOK, 1988. For each case in the Counties Data file, there are two 1,239-character records.


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.


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Version History:

  • 2009-05-26 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setups have been added to this data collection.
  • 2006-03-30 File CB9251.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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