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Migration Data by County, 1980 to 1982 (ICPSR 8139)

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This data collection was prepared by the Internal Revenue Service to facilitate the analysis of migration patterns of Americans within the United States by tracing the origins of their tax returns in 1980 and 1982. Their county of residence is documented in both years. Part 1 shows the number of returns and the number of exemptions in each county in the country, and Part 2 shows the aggregate adjusted gross income for each county. Part 1 has data for all returns in 1979, both for nonmigrants and those who had moved out of the county, and for 1981, also for nonmigrants and those who had moved into the county. It also provides data for all exemptions, in order to approximate the number of movers and nonmovers in the two years (1979 and 1981).

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DS0:  Study-Level Files
DS1:  Number of Returns and Exemptions - Download All Files (0.9 MB)
DS2:  Aggregate Adjusted Gross Income - Download All Files (0.5 MB)

Study Description


United States Department of the Treasury. Internal Revenue Service. Migration Data by County, 1980 to 1982. ICPSR08139-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2010-09-27. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08139.v2

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   counties, federal income tax, income, place of residence, population migration, tax exemptions, tax returns, United States

Data Types:   administrative records data


Data Source:

income tax forms

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:

  • 2010-09-27 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setups have been added to this data collection.
  • 2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 3 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.
  • 2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 3 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.



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