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Nationwide Personal Transportation Study, 1983: [United States] (ICPSR 8661)

Principal Investigator(s): U.S. Department of Transportation


This data collection supplies national data on the nature and characteristics of travel. Information is provided for all types of personal trips taken during a designated 24-hour period, or travel day. Additional data are available for trips of 75 miles or further (one-way) that were taken during the preceding 14-day travel period. Trips and travel are described by purpose, mode of transportation, trip length, day of the week, time of day, vehicle used, and vehicle occupancy. Data about long trips include the date on which the trip started and ended. The Household File contains items on family income, number of household vehicles, availability of public transit, number of licensed drivers in the household, and number and length of trips taken. The Person File provides demographic characteristics of members of the household as well as variables on carpooling, distance to work, work-related travel, seatbelt use, and child safety restraints. The Day Trip and the Period Trip Files offer information on the length and purposes of trips and the means of transportation used, while the Vehicle File details vehicle make and model, seating capacity, type of fuel used, and safety devices in vehicle.

Series: Nationwide Personal Transportation Survey Series

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DS0:  Study-Level Files
DS1:  1983 NPTS Household - Download All Files (10.075 MB)
DS2:  1983 NPTS Person - Download All Files (15.884 MB)
DS3:  1983 NPTS Travel Day Trip - Download All Files (20.339 MB)
DS4:  1983 NPTS Vehicle - Download All Files (9.995 MB)
DS5:  1983 NPTS Travel Period Trip - Download All Files (10.32 MB)

Study Description


U.S. Dept. of Transportation. NATIONWIDE PERSONAL TRANSPORTATION STUDY, 1983: [UNITED STATES]. Washington, DC: U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Bureau of Census [producer], 1985. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1987. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08661.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08661.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    automobile use, carpools, commuting (travel), driving habits, public transportation, traffic, travel, vehicles

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1983

Date of Collection:   

  • 1983-02--1984-01

Universe:    Total civilian noninstitutional population of the United States.

Data Type(s):    survey data


Sample:    National probability sample of approximately 7,900 households selected from each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Data Source:

personal interviews, and telephone interviews


Original ICPSR Release:   1987-05-19

Version History:

  • 2006-01-18 File CB8661.PDF was removed from any previous datasets and flagged as a study-level file, so that it will accompany all downloads.

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