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Survey of Income and Education, 1976: Modified File (ICPSR 7915)

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


This data collection contains information from the Survey of Income and Education (SIE) conducted during the months of April through July of 1976 by the Census Bureau for the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare. The original SIE file, SURVEY OF INCOME AND EDUCATION, 1976 (ICPSR 7634), was modified by the United States Commission of Civil Rights and consists of all the minority records and 1/8 of the majority from the original files. The records were made rectangular by combining three record types (household-level, family-level, and person-level) with lengths of 450 characters into a single record with a length of 846. Three variables have also been added to each record: group identification code, typical educational requirement for current occupation, and occupational prestige code. The survey served as a supplement to the yearly Current Population Survey and was conducted to obtain reliable state-by-state data on the numbers of children in local areas with family incomes below the federal poverty level. The information was used to facilitate Title 1 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act by the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare. The SIE includes questions used in the Current Population Survey and also contains additional exclusive questions covering school enrollment, disability, health insurance, bilingualism, food stamp recipiency, assets, and housing costs. The SIE modified file was provided by the National Chicano Research Network, which was located at the Survey Research Center of the Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan.

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Study Description


United States Department of Commerce. Bureau of the Census. Survey of Income and Education, 1976: Modified File. ICPSR07915-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1981. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07915.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07915.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    bilingualism, census data, children, civil rights, disabilities, education, enrollments, families, family income, financial assets, food programs, health insurance, households, housing costs, income, jobs, minorities, occupational mobility, poverty, public assistance programs, school age children, social services, socioeconomic status, states (USA)

Geographic Coverage:    Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York (state), North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, United States, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

Time Period:   

  • 1976

Date of Collection:   

  • 1976-04--1976-07

Universe:    All occupied housing units, most vacant units, and group quarters such as rooming houses, communes, military installations, religious group quarters, college dormitories, and agricultural workers' quarters.

Data Type(s):    survey data


Sample:    The sample consisted of 51 state samples in almost 1,000 sampling areas.

Data Source:

personal interviews


Original ICPSR Release:   1984-06-28


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