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County and City Data Book [United States] Consolidated File: County Data, 1947-1977 (ICPSR 7736)

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


This data collection is a compendium of data for all counties in the United States for the period 1944 to 1977. The data provide diverse information such as local government activities, population estimates and characteristics, and housing unit descriptors. Also included is information on local government revenues, property taxes, capital outlay, debts, expenditures on education, highways, public welfare, health and hospitals, and police, as well as information on births, deaths, schooling, labor force, employment, family income, family characteristics, electoral votes, and housing characteristics. Additional variables provide information on manufacturing, retail and wholesale trade, banking, mineral industries, farm population, agriculture, crime, and weather. Users may also be interested in the related data collection, COUNTY AND CITY DATA BOOK [UNITED STATES] CONSOLIDATED FILE: CITY DATA, 1944-1977 (ICPSR 7735).

Series: County and City Data Book [United States] Series

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  • Data in this collection are available only to users at ICPSR member institutions. Please log in so we can determine if you are with a member institution and have access to these data files.


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Study Description


United States Department of Commerce. Bureau of the Census. County and City Data Book [United States] Consolidated File: County Data, 1947-1977. ICPSR07736-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2012-09-18. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07736.v2

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07736.v2

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    agriculture, banking, census data, counties, crime, demographic characteristics, economic conditions, education expenditures, employment, farms, government expenditures, government revenues, household composition, housing, human services, income, industrial production, labor force, manufacturing industry, municipal services, population characteristics, public assistance programs, school enrollments, Social Security, states (USA), taxes, trade, vital statistics, voting behavior

Smallest Geographic Unit:    county

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1947--1977

Unit of Observation:    county within state

Universe:    Individual states, the District of Columbia, and counties or county equivalents for which data were published in the County and City Data Books, in the entire United States in the period 1947-1977.

Data Type(s):    administrative records data, aggregate data

Data Collection Notes:

This data file includes both state and county records. Records for counties in each state are listed immediately following the state record. All records have the same structure, and the identifier for each record includes both state and the county codes. In the state records, the county code is listed as 000.


Time Method:    Longitudinal

Mode of Data Collection:    record abstracts

Data Source:

United States Department of Commerce. Bureau of the Census. COUNTY AND CITY DATA BOOKS. Washington, DC: United States Government Printing Office, 1947-1977.

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.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


Original ICPSR Release:   1984-06-20

Version History:

  • 2012-09-18 The data have been checked and corrected for inconsistencies, and have been reformatted to one record per case. SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files have been updated. SPSS and Stata system files and a SAS transport (CPORT) file have been added to the collection. The codebook has been updated.
  • 2008-04-01 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files have been added to this data collection.

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