Principal Investigator(s): United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Center for Health Statistics
This file contains demographic data for marriages occurring in the United States during the 1979 calendar year. The data were taken from marriage certificates registered with the vital statistics offices of 42 states and the District of Columbia. The certificates for each state were chosen at one of five sampling rates (5 percent, 10 percent, 20 percent, 50 percent, or 100 percent), depending on the total number of marriages performed in the state during the year. Each record includes a weight factor based on the sampling fraction of the reporting state. The demographic data collected includes age, race, previous marital status, number of this marriage, education, and natality of both the bride and groom. Information about the marriage ceremony itself includes date, day of the week, and type of ceremony.
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U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, National Center for Health Statistics. VITAL STATISTICS: MARRIAGE DETAIL [U.S.], 1979. Hyattsville, MD: U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services. National Center for Health Statistics [producer], 198?. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1983. doi:10.3886/ICPSR08113.v1
Persistent URL: http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08113.v1
Scope of Study
Geographic Coverage: United States
Universe: Marriage certificates for marriages occurring in 1979 from the vital statistics offices in 42 states and the District of Columbia.
Data Types: administrative records data
Data Collection Notes:
Per agreement with NCHS, ICPSR distributes the data file and text of the technical documentation for this collection as prepared by NCHS.
Sample: The certificates for each state were chosen at one of five sampling rates (5 percent, 10 percent, 20 percent, 50 percent, or 100 percent), depending on the total number of marriages performed in the state during 1979.
marriage certificates registered with the vital statistics offices of 42 states and the District of Columbia
Original ICPSR Release: 1984-03-18
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