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Census of Population and Housing, 1970 [United States]: Master Enumeration District (MED) Lists (ICPSR 8109)

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


This data collection contains the MEDList file, the geographic reference file for the 1970 Census containing records for states, counties, minor civil divisions (MCD) or census county divisions (CCD)s, place segments, enumeration districts, and block groups. Items include state code, county code, MCD/CCD code, place code, place type, standard consolidated area code, standard metropolitan statistical area (SMSA) code, urbanized area code, tracted area code, state economic area code, economic subregion code, central business district code, area name, tract code, block group code, enumeration district code, urban/rural classification, ward code, congressional district code, housing count, and population count.

Series: Census of Population and Housing, 1970 [United States] Series

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Study Description


United States Department of Commerce. Bureau of the Census. Census of Population and Housing, 1970 [United States]: Master Enumeration District (MED) Lists . ICPSR08109-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2009-06-19. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08109.v2

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08109.v2

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    census data, census divisions, census regions, counties, housing, Metropolitan Areas, minor civil divisions, population, states (USA)

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1970

Date of Collection:   

  • 1970

Universe:    All persons and housing units in the United States in 1970.

Data Type(s):    census/enumeration data

Data Collection Notes:

The codebook, which comprises National Data Use and Access Laboratories (DUALabs) Technical Document No. GT-1 and Part 1 of the 1970 Census Users' Guide, is provided by ICPSR as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file. The PDF file format was developed by Adobe Systems Incorporated and can be accessed using PDF reader software, such as the Adobe Acrobat Reader. Information on how to obtain a copy of the Acrobat Reader is provided on the ICPSR Web site.


Data Source:

self-enumerated questionnaires

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.


Original ICPSR Release:   1984-06-28

Version History:

  • 2009-06-19 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setups have been added to this data collection.
  • 2001-05-09 Blank records at the end of the data file have been removed, and the codebook is now available as a PDF file.



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