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Census of Population and Housing, 1980 [United States]: Master Area Reference File (MARF) 4 (ICPSR 3519)

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


Master Area Reference Files (MARFs) are the 1980 Census counterpart of the Master Enumeration District List (MEDList) prepared for the 1970 Census. They link geographic areas with their respective numeric codes. This data collection is a school district equivalency file created for the 1980 Census of Population and Housing. The data contain geographic items from Summary Tape Files 1B (STF 1B), as well as total population and housing unit counts. This national file is hierarchically sequenced by geographic area.

Series: Census of Population and Housing, 1980 [United States] Series

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Study Description


U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Bureau of the Census. CENSUS OF POPULATION AND HOUSING, 1980 [UNITED STATES]: MASTER AREA REFERENCE FILE (MARF) 4. ICPSR version. Washington, DC: U.S. Dept of Commerce, Bureau of the Census [producer], 1983. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2002. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR03519.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR03519.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    census data, housing, housing units, population, school districts

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1980

Date of Collection:   

  • 1980

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

Data Type(s):    census/enumeration data

Data Collection Notes:

(1) The geographic levels on MARF4 are sequenced hierarchically as follows: state (including the District of Columbia), standard metropolitan statistical areas (SMSAs), non-SMSA remainder of state, counties or county equivalents, minor civil divisions (MCDs) within counties, places within MCDs within counties, census tracts or block numbering areas (BNAs), and blocks or, for nonblock-numbered areas, enumeration districts (EDs). Data for SMSAs that cross state lines are shown only for that portion in the particular state file. Summaries are also provided for partially block-numbered portions of all geographic levels. (2) The codebook is provided by ICPSR as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file. The PDF file format was developed by Adobe Systems Incorporated 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


Original ICPSR Release:   2002-11-22

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