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County and City Data Book, 1972 (ICPSR 61)

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This study contains selected economic, demographic, and electoral data for counties, cities, and incorporated areas of 25,000 inhabitants or more, urbanized areas, and Standard Metropolitan Statistical Areas (SMSAs), in the entire United States. For each of the seven data files, information is provided on population characteristics, income, occupation, education, household characteristics, age, and nationality. Data are also provided on presidential votes, the leading party, Social Security and public assistance, and rural population and agriculture (Parts 2 and 3), local government general revenue and expenditures, taxes, employment, manufacturing establishments, retail trade, wholesale establishments, and yearly payroll (Parts 2, 3, and 6), and crime, hospitals, and seasonal weather conditions (Part 6).

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

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DS0:  Study-Level Files
DS1:  Table 1 Data - Download All Files (11.1 MB)
DS2:  Table 2 Data - Download All Files (13.8 MB)
DS3:  Table 3 Data - Download All Files (1.5 MB)
DS4:  Table 4 Data - Download All Files (1.5 MB)
DS5:  Table 5 Data - Download All Files (0.8 MB)
DS6:  Table 6 Data - Download All Files (4.2 MB)

Study Description


United States Department of Commerce. Bureau of the Census. County and City Data Book, 1972. ICPSR00061-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2009-02-12. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR00061.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   agriculture, census data, cities, counties, crime, demographic characteristics, education, employment, government expenditures, government revenues, household composition, human services, income, manufacturing industry, party membership, population characteristics, Social Security, states (USA), taxes, trade, voting behavior

Geographic Coverage:   United States

Time Period:  

  • 1972

Universe:   Counties, cities and incorporated areas of 25,000 inhabitants or more, urbanized areas, and Standard Metropolitan Statistical Areas (SMSAs) in the entire United States.

Data Types:   census/enumeration data, text, survey data


Data Source:

United States 1970 Census of Population and Housing

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:

  • Standardized missing values.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


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Version History:

  • 2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 7 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.

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