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Census of Population and Housing, 1990 [United States]: Subject Summary Tape File (SSTF) 2, Ancestry of the Population of the United States (ICPSR 6213)

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


SSTF 2 contains sample data weighted to represent the total population. In addition, it contains 100-percent counts and unweighted sample counts for total persons and total housing units in the 1990 Census. Population variables include nativity, ability to speak English, age, number of children ever born, class of worker, disability status, earnings in 1989, educational attainment, employment status, household size, industry, labor force status, language spoken at home, occupation, poverty status in 1989, school enrollment, and year of entry into the United States. Housing variables include gross rent, housing units, kitchen facilities, mortgage status, plumbing facilities, tenure, units in structure, and year householder moved into unit. The data are also crosstabulated and presented in a variety of tables. Crosstabulations include nativity, year of entry, and citizenship by all other variables, age by school enrollment by sex, age by poverty status by sex, relationship by family type by subfamily type, and employment status by hours worked last week and year last worked. The dataset includes both "A" and "B" records. "A" records have three population (PA) and three housing (HA) tables. The "B" records present more detail in 66 population (PB) and 10 housing (HB) tables, and are divided into 16 segments of 7,849 characters each.

Series: Census of Population and Housing, 1990 [United States] Series

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Study Description


U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Bureau of the Census. CENSUS OF POPULATION AND HOUSING, 1990 [UNITED STATES]: SUBJECT SUMMARY TAPE FILE (SSTF) 2, ANCESTRY OF THE POPULATION OF THE UNITED STATES. Washington, DC: U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Bureau of the Census [producer], 1993. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1993. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR06213.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR06213.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    census data, citizenship, demographic characteristics, employment, ethnicity, family background, family history, family relationships, foreign born, household composition, housing, housing conditions, native born, place of birth, population, poverty

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1990

Date of Collection:   

  • 1990

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

Data Type(s):    aggregate data

Data Collection Notes:

User Notes 1-4 are included in the documentation.


Sample:    The data contained in this file are based on the long-form questionnaire for the 1990 Census. This form was administered to approximately 17 percent of the housing units nationwide using a variable-rate sampling method based on geographic location and population.

Data Source:

self-enumerated questionnaires


Original ICPSR Release:   1994-03-10

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