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Demographic Characteristics of the Population of Detroit, 1850-1880 (ICPSR 31)

Principal Investigator(s): Vinyard, Jo Ellen


This data collection provides information for native-born Americans, Irish Americans, and German Americans living in Detroit, Michigan, between 1850 and 1880. Demographic variables provide information on age, sex, occupation, marital status, marriage patterns, ethnic background, place of birth, and spouse's and parents' place of birth. Additional information is provided on family size, number of children of adults, number of individuals in the house beyond the immediate family, total number of individuals in the nuclear family, position of individuals within the family, number of children eligible to be in school, activities of school-age children, adult male skill level, literacy level, length of time the family had been in the United States, ownership and value of real estate, constitutional and legal status, and physical condition.

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Study Description


Vinyard, Jo Ellen. DEMOGRAPHIC CHARACTERISTICS OF THE POPULATION OF DETROIT, 1850-1880. ICPSR00031-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [producer and distributor], 1991. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR00031.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR00031.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    census data, demographic characteristics, ethnicity, family, family size, foreign born, German Americans, household composition, Irish Americans, nationality, native born, nineteenth century, occupations, personal wealth, place of birth, population, school age children, urban areas

Geographic Coverage:    Detroit, Michigan, United States

Time Period:   

  • 1850--1880

Universe:    Individuals residing in Detroit, Michigan, between 1850 and 1880.

Data Type(s):    census data


Sample:    Irish Americans, German Americans, and Native-born Americans residing in Detroit, Michigan

Data Source:

United States Censuses of 1850 and 1880

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.


Original ICPSR Release:   1984-05-10

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