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Detroit Area Study, 1975: A Study of Community Life and Politics (ICPSR 7908)

Principal Investigator(s): Anton, Thomas; Bowen, Bruce


This study of 664 adults in the Detroit metropolitan area in 1975 provides information on their perceptions of the quality of life in their neighborhood and the services provided by their local governments. Data are provided on neighborhood characteristics and problems, as well as respondents' political beliefs and activities. Items explored respondents' feelings about their neighborhood, city government's services, and a new regional government, and their opinions about government offices and officials, and government's use of taxpayers' money. Also explored were respondents' voting behavior, interactions with people in their neighborhood and in the Detroit tri-county area, and use of the news media. In addition, the respondents were asked to list their neighborhood problems and local issues dealt with that year. Demographic variables specify sex, age, race, education, occupation, and income.

More information about the Detroit Area Studies Project is available on this Web site.

Series: Detroit Area Studies Series

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Study Description


Anton, Thomas, and Bruce Bowen. Detroit Area Study, 1975: A Study of Community Life and Politics. ICPSR07908-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1999. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07908.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07908.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    cities, communities, economic behavior, families, family life, local government, municipal services, neighborhoods, political affiliation, political attitudes, political participation, politics, quality of life, urban areas, urban problems

Geographic Coverage:    Detroit, Michigan, United States

Time Period:   

  • 1975

Date of Collection:   

  • 1975 (spring and summer)

Data Type(s):    survey data


Sample:    A total of 664 adults in households in the Detroit metropolitan area in 1975.

Data Source:

personal interviews

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:

  • Performed recodes and/or calculated derived variables.


Original ICPSR Release:   1984-05-10

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