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Number of General-Purpose Local Governments Per United States Metropolitan Statistical Areas (including both PMSAs and CMSAs) from 2002 Census of Governments (ICPSR 27806)

Principal Investigator(s): Bennett, Andrew, University of Maryland School of Law; Johnson, Paul, Vassar College


Extracted from the 2002 Census of Governments, this dataset provides the number of general-purpose local governments in each United States Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). Data from Consolidated Metropolitan Statistical Areas (CMSAs) and their component Primary Metropolitan Statistical Areas (PMSAs) are included. There are nine variables in this study. They contain information on locations (city and state); Metropolitan Statistical Areas; population at each location in the year 2000; number of General-Purpose Governments at each location as well as per 100,000 people; water, land, and total area in square miles; and General-Purpose Governments per 100,000 square miles of land area.

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Study Description


Bennett, Andrew, and Paul Johnson. Number of General-Purpose Local Governments Per United States Metropolitan Statistical Areas (including both PMSAs and CMSAs) from 2002 Census of Governments. ICPSR27806-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2011-08-04. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR27806.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR27806.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    census data, land distribution, local governments, metropolitan statistical areas, population

Smallest Geographic Unit:    Metropolitan Statistical Areas

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 2002

Date of Collection:   

  • 2002

Unit of Observation:    metropolitan area

Universe:    Number of General Purpose Local Governments in United States Metropolitan Statistical Areas

Data Type(s):    census/enumeration data


Data Source:

United States Census Bureau's 2002 Census of Governments

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:   2011-08-04



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